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Italian Firms Working on ICU Pods

Friday, March 27, 2020

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Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota have designed an intensive-care pod in a shipping container with the aim to help alleviate stress on the world’s medical infrastructure in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dubbed Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments, the first ICU pod prototype is currently being built in Milan.

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The CURA is an ICU pod in a 20-foot intermodal container with biocontainment, thanks to negative pressure.

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Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota have designed an intensive-care pod in a shipping container with the aim to help alleviate stress on the world’s medical infrastructure in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Each unit works autonomously and can be shipped anywhere. Individual pods are connected by an inflatable structure to create multiple modular configurations (from four beds to over 40), which can be deployed in just a few hours,” according to a press release.

“Some pods can be placed in proximity to a hospital (e.g. in parking lots) to expand the ICU capacity, while others could be used to create self-standing field hospitals of varying sizes.”

The firms note that the response to the pandemic so far has been to either set up makeshift emergency hospitals or to build new prefabricated wards.

“While the latter option is time and resource-intensive, the former one exposes medical professionals to a higher risk of contamination and adds operational strain, especially in the long run. Learning from both approaches, CURA strives to be as fast to mount as a hospital tent, but as safe as a hospital’s isolation ward to work in, thanks to biocontainment (an extractor creates indoor negative pressure, complying with the standards of Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms AIIRs) It follows the standards for COVID-19 hospitals issued by the Chinese authorities, while speeding up execution.”

The idea is that the shipping containers can easily be moved and transported, as well as reused in different parts of the world.

Each pod will contain all medical equipment needed for two COVID-19 intensive-care patients and all units can be connected by an inflatable corridor.

View all of PaintSquare Daily News' coverage on COVID-19, here.

   

Tagged categories: Architecture; Asia Pacific; COVID-19; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; Health Care/Hospitals; Latin America; North America; Ongoing projects; Z-Continents

Comment from Luc N. Turenne, (3/27/2020, 10:50 AM)

It is shocking to see how unprepared we are for an event that has been portrayed and discussed for a decade or two


Comment from Douglas Pearce, (3/27/2020, 3:11 PM)

Brilliant however necessity is the mother of invention. We specialize in container insulation.


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