A mobile ICU is used to transport critical patients who need respiratory support, particularly patients with unstable heart and lung function. Thonburi Hospital’s mobile ICUs serve the important purpose of transferring critically ill patients from hospitals of origin to our Intensive Care Unit for better treatment opportunity.
Our mobile ICUs are specially designed, extra-spacious Mercedez Benz vans with a body capable of withstanding forces of up to 10G. A full scope of medical life support and care can be carried out on board and the vehicles’ size and design also ensure more comfort for the patient, their relatives and the medical staff. All equipment in the mobile ICUs are configured for maximum ease of use and the safety of both patients and staff, allowing our staff to administer the same care that they would in the hospital’s ICU.
“Our mobile ICU is designed to meet the practical needs of critical patient transfers and to ensure maximum safety for patients and staff.”
- Like a hospital ICU, the emergency ambulance is equipped with life support equipment including a ventilator and ECMO machine to facilitate in-transit medical care and interfacility transfers.
- Everything about the mobile ICU, from the vehicle to the range of onboard equipment to equipment configuration, is designed to meet practical needs.
- Our mobile ICUs are designed to ensure the safety of both patient and staff and minimize operational risks.
- Suitable for critical patients in distress or whose heart and lung function is unstable to the point that they cannot be transferred to a hospital (without immediate medical care?). Our mobile ICUs are equipped with an artificial heart-and-lung machine (ECMO) and provide ample room for doctors and nurses to administer care to the patient during transit from the hospital of origin to Thonburi Hospital.
- Suitable for patient transfers from one facility to another for continuing care.
The mobile ICU is used for transporting critically ill patients in need of respiratory support, especially patients whose heart and lung function is unstable to the point that they require an artificial heart-lung machine. The vehicle serves the important function of transferring patients from one hospital to another to give them better treatment opportunity.
On board the mobile ICU is a wide range of critical life-support equipment, including an artificial heart-lung machine (ECMO), a ventilator, an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, an automatic blood pressure monitor, an oxygen concentrator, an intravenous flow regulator and suction equipment, as well as life-support medication required under standards set by the National Institute for Emergency Medicine and a multifunctional wheeled stretcher that can accommodate patients of various sizes and be heigh-adjusted to match hospital beds for transfer convenience. All equipment are designed for use in an ambulance.
One of the highlights of our mobile ICU’s is the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) or artificial heart-lung machine. Developed for the care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems such as dead heart muscle, severe leaky heart valve, severe hypoxia and those who suffer blunt-force trauma to the lungs or heart, ECMO replaces the function of the heart and lungs, allowing these organs to rest and recover.
Because mobile ICUs are emergency vehicles intended for interfacility transfers, they are designed for maximum support function. Thonburi Hospital’s mobile ICUs are compliant with standards set by the Public Health Ministry requiring all personnel and equipment in a mobile ICU to be able to withstand forces of up to 10G in order to ensure safety during operation.
Each of our mobile ICUs is staffed by one doctor, one nurse and one practical nurse, and has a maximum capacity of up to 7 passengers including the patient. Thonburi Hospital’s nursing staff has undergone Advanced Cardiac Life Support training by the relevant government body. They are equipped to provide life support procedures in a safe manner and to make the right medical decisions when needed, but always under the supervision of a doctor.