The Case for Container Clinics
October 13, 2016
Perhaps you’ve seen them: shipping containers reimagined as medical clinics. Whether it’s a multi-unit complex or a stand-alone facility, container clinics are something to keep your eyes on.
A container clinic can be easy to deploy and activate anywhere it’s needed. Healthcare providers can reach more people at a lower cost, and can stay on-site as long as needed. Having this flexibility is a huge perk, allowing you to activate a clinic, provide services to those in need, and move to the next location. Outfitting your clinic can be as simple as having two areas for patients to be evaluated with a partition or supply station in the middle.
Another noticeable consideration is providing energy to these clinics. Say “hello” to solar power. Equipping your container with solar panels is an eco-friendly way to operate these facilities and keep costs low.
When and where?
Think about underdeveloped countries, remote areas or disaster relief sites. While it’s sad to consider these scenarios, they’re perfect places to activate a pop-up clinic. In poverty-stricken countries, a container clinic can be an efficient way to offer low-cost, but high-quality healthcare to those in need. In disaster relief areas, an on-demand clinic could be critical and life-saving.
Other great locations for container clinics are youth sports complexes, race sites (think triathlons, marathons, or cycling events), or any other event that requires first-aid or medical sites. A college campus is another sensible location for a pop-up clinic; it could be an opportunity to provide flu shots to students and faculty as they shuffle back-and-forth across campus without them having to go to the student health center.