Nice to know the IDF is a step ahead…
In times of national disaster, war or even a shutdown of ordinary hospitals, the IDF’s new emergency field hospital will provide assistance & medical care to those injured in field by using the newest & most advanced medical gear.
By Yoav Zitun
According to Kryce, “during the Yom Kippur War, a third of the deaths were injured for a period of time before they were treated. During Operation Peace for Galilee the figure stood at 22% and in the Second Lebanon War – 15%. Our target, similar to what the Americans achieved in Afghanistan and Iraq, is to lower the figure to single-digit. “The IDF has inaugurated the newest and most advanced field hospital of its kind in the country on Monday. The facility will serve as a replacement hospital in case of natural disaster, prolonged power outage or a rocket attack during wartime.
The hospital can be set up near the border and utilized as a medical evacuation center for soldiers during times of war. It can also be used to provide humanitarian assistance abroad, like the field hospital deployed in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
The emergency room of the new medical facility can admit up to 250 patients a day. It contains 10 stations for critical injuries, 50 hospital beds, 10 ICU beds, clinics, an ultrasound machine, operating rooms, a CT-scanner, a blood-storage room, and even a mental health unit to treat PTSD.
The field hopital will employ a 121-member medical staff and use 10 generators, allowing for a 4-day self-sufficient deployment.
The new facility is equipped with advanced technologies to create clean oxygen by purifying the air outside. “We estimate that in the next war we will have more critical injuries which we will need to treat in the field,” explained Chief Medical Officer Brigadier General Dr. Itzik Kryce.
He added: “That is why we reinforced the number of senior attendants in every battalion to four, either doctors or paramedics.”
View original Ynet publication at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4463307,00.html