Orlando Health holds test of mobile hospital unit

Alternate Medical Treatment Site prepares for real-life disasters

By Sheli Muniz - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - Physicians with Orlando Health trained in their new outdoor hospital. The Alternate Medical Treatment Site, which is several large tents, would be set up in case of a disaster. 

Orlando Regional Medical Center professionals ran through scenarios Friday hoping to be better prepared in case of an emergency. The temporary outdoor hospital would fit more than 2 dozen patients who have non-life threatening injuries.

It could be used to treat injured patients outside the hospital due to a building collapse, a hurricane or other natural disaster, a terrorist act, or other unexpected community incidents. The AMTS consists of three large tents for patient triage and treatment, a decontamination tent, a mini-ambulance cart for transport, beds, lights, air conditioning units, generators, and medical supplies.

"Like a tornado, act of terrorism, anything really bad like that we can set this up so it really doesnt impact our hospitals as bad as it would right now," Eric Alberts with Orlando Health said. "Because during a disaster, you don't want to be scrambling trying to set all this stuff up."

The site takes about an hour to set up. Orlando Health was provided the AMTS equipment as part of a Memorandum of Understanding that was approved by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners and administered by the Orange County Emergency Medical Services Office of the Medical Director.

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