Updated 08/08/2012 08:34 PM
Medical teams prepare mobile hospital for assistance during DNC
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CHARLOTTE – Medical teams within Carolinas Healthcare System are putting the final touches inside their mobile hospital, Med-1, ahead of the Democratic National Convention.
The 1,000-square-foot facility will be placed somewhere within the Interstate 277 loop during the DNC. It's the only operating mobile hospital of its kind in the entire country, and has assisted with events like Hurricane Katrina.
“To have this resource during the preparation of an event with the magnitude of the DNC is incredible," said Dr. David Callaway, medical director of Med-1.
With operating tables, heart monitors and stethoscopes on board, the staff on Med-1 can treat a full spectrum patient conditions.
"Med-1 has the capability to treat everything from a sprained ankle to a heart attack to a gunshot wound," Callaway said.
Since there are so many unknowns during the convention, medical teams aren't leaving anything to chance.
"Hopefully it will be just treating a very minimum of people with minor complaints, but on the off chance something does happen, we have a very experienced team to turn into crisis mode and provide excellent care," said Callaway.
Since it operates as a standalone hospital, doctors also hope Med-1 will prevent long waits at area emergency rooms that week.
"This will help to offset some of the extra volume that goes to our hospitals in the Charlotte area and allow our hospitals to focus on providing excellent care for our community," Callaway said.
The facility can treat 13 people at a time.
In the last month, doctors, nurses and paramedics have put in a combined 2,000 man hours getting Med-1 ready for the DNC. Medical officials said the Secret Service and the city of Charlotte will determine Med-1's official location during the convention.