We are a group of local architects, professionals and engineers that are working to build emergency hospitals for coronavirus disease patients out of shipping containers.
Rapid Deployment (RaD) Hospitals is currently coordinating with the Department of Health to build these makeshift facilities as few private hospitals have announced that they already reached maximum capacity and can no longer accept more COVID-19 patients.
With a rising number of cases, experts believe more hospitals will reach full capacity
There are sources of masks, there are makers of tents.
What's not being addressed right now?
We decided to focus on isolation and ICU (intensive care units).
The Rapid Deployment Hospital (RaD) prototype uses decommissioned shipping containers and repurposes them into ICU/Isolation Units for severe/critical Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) and CoViD-19-positive patients.
One RaD cluster consists of six (6) 20-footer shipping containers, configured into rows of 3 facing a center corridor. This center corridor serves as the access to the 6 patient rooms and is also where the Nurse Station is located. Lavatories are provided along the center corridor for handwashing protocols.
A cluster has a total floor area of 151.00 square meters and can be built in 10-15 days, either via onsite or offsite construction. It does not require any ground excavation, and is outfitted to provide water, power, air-conditioning and exhaust systems --- ready for tapping to source of supply.
The cluster’s allocation of spaces, architectural layout, engineering systems, finishing materials, such as door hardware, flooring, interior paint and others have been developed to comply with healthcare facility standards and guidelines
Each shipping container is a hospital patient room. Designed as an Isolation Room, at the entrance of each patient room is an Ante Room, which provides space for medical staff to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before entering the patient room, as well as space for storage of clean and soiled materials. Past the Ante Room is the patient room, which is provided with negative air pressure to ensure containment of the virus within the room, and through the use of High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, pulls air into the patient room from the central corridor and Ante Room, filters the air, and “throws” it outside the facility. At the farthest end of the patient room and accessible by the patient, is a Toilet and Bath (T&B). It is designed with grab rails to aid the patient in toileting activities.
Not only is the patient room an Isolation Room, it is also designed as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Room, ready to be equipped with monitoring machines for the management of life-threatening conditions. It has also been designed to accommodate nurse-call systems for immediate medical response and piped-in music for the patients’ and staff’s comfort.