Philips introduces mobile ICUs in India to tackle Covid-19

Philips to locally manufacture the units in India

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Philips introduces first-of-a-kind mobile ICUs in India to tackle Covid-19 and other emergencies. Photo - Philips

Philips, a global leader in health technology, has introduced first-of-its-kind mobile Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in India. Designed to meet the critical-care requirements of patients, each prefabricated ICU has a capacity of nine beds. The units will be locally manufactured by Philips in India, with each ICU unit capable of being deployed in one day.

India is in the top five countries with the highest amount of Covid-19 cases. The country’s healthcare system is under immense pressure as infections spike. Leveraging its clinical, technical and design expertise, Philips has developed new mobile ICUs to address the challenging needs of critical-care services in India. They will be useful to government agencies and health systems looking to rapidly increase ICU capacity and enhance community outreach to mitigate the impact of natural disasters and pandemics such as the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

With a floor area of 1380 square feet (128 square meters), these self-sufficient units only require on-site electricity and water connection to become operational. Each mobile ICU comes pre-equipped with state-of-the-art critical-care infrastructure, such as independent patient cubicles, anti-bacterial paint, and high-end washrooms with a self-disinfection facility avoid cross-contamination. The ICUs can be furnished with a range of medical equipment, including ventilators, defibrillators, a central monitoring station, and CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines, with appropriate supporting infrastructures such as back-up power, oxygen, and vacuum supplies.

“Aligned with the government’s commitment to providing quality and accessible healthcare to India’s population, we are proud to introduce our state-of-the-art mobile ICUs for India,” said Daniel Mazon, general manager Philips India. “We believe this solution will help the country to tackle Covid-19 effectively as it enables healthcare institutions to increase their critical-care bed capacities. The solution will also be significant in the long term to address future critical care requirements.”

“Philips’ mobile ICU solution will offer a great advantage in treating isolated patients, in disaster management, and for community outreach,” said Mahipal Singh Bhanot, Zonal Director of Fortis Healthcare. “Additionally, it will enable streamlining of hospital workflows without changing their protocols for infectious patients, while maintaining patient and staff safety. This can be a productive asset to have, especially because it is useful in adding additional beds to hospitals in a much-reduced time, which means rapid ramp-up of a hospital’s bed capacity.”

Tele-critical care command centers

Next to the mobile ICUs, Philips is also offering a dedicated tele-critical care command center solution for the Indian market, helping hospitals to improve access to acute care and leverage scarce resources such as trained ICU staff in optimized ways. These highly trained intensivists and intensive care nurses are stationed in a central hub. They can connect to and remotely monitor patients in peripheral ICUs on a 24/7 basis through advanced dashboards that bring together vital signs, lab values, and predictive analytics. There are five major tele-critical care command centers in India, and these hubs are connected to up to 700 ICU beds across the country with Tier 2, 3 city hospitals.

Philips Covid-19 solutions portfolio

Philips has a comprehensive portfolio of services and solutions that can help support the delivery of high-quality care to Covid-19 patients. It includes secure, connected and intelligent approaches to diagnosis, treatment and predictive monitoring in the hospital, plus screening, remote patient monitoring and care at home. With healthcare under more pressure than ever before, Philips’ telehealth and AI-enabled data analytics can help support workflows, facilitate remote collaboration and optimize resources. Philips’ Covid-19-related solutions are designed for rapid deployment and scalability. For more information on how Philips is addressing Covid-19 globally, please visit the Philips centralized Covid-19 hub.

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