Discovery News has a piece up on Doctors Without Borders use of inflatable hospitals. These are vital in places like Haiti where infrastructure is so compromised and injuries so severe that a hospital needs to literally appear out of thin air.
It’s all a reminder that true ingenuity can be fun but it can also save lives.
From Discovery News (read the full article here):
It’s exactly what it sounds like: a temporary hospital with inflatable components that can be deployed whenever needed. Doctors Without Borders has been employing them for years, including an impressive inflatable nine-tent, 120-bed center in Pakistan following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake there in 2005. The hospital post-and-beam frames can be made from the same fabric in inflatable lifeboats. Nylon interior and exterior walls leave space for air to create an insulating effect. The Cleveland Plain Dealer created an infographic showing one kind of inflatable hospital.