28, Aug 2018
Prelims level : Health Mains level :
- The Alliance for International Medical Action, or ALIMA, in collaboration with Securitec, has developed a self-contained treatment unit or a bio-secure emergency room called CUBE, or Cudor Chambre d’Urgence Biosécurisée.
- It allows for quality care with minimal contamination risks, having been developed in the aftermath of the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
- The primary objective is to confine the start of an outbreak by creating a first line of treatment close to a patient’s home.
- As a transportable unit that can be assembled in 90 minutes, its main advantage is that health workers no longer need personal protective equipment as protection is centred around the patient.
- With its transparent walls and external arm entries, medical teams can comfortably ensure continuous monitoring of an infected patient and also adapting treatment from the outside, reducing the risk of contamination.
- The patient also benefits from the transparent walls which allow them to remain in contact with the outside world, again without the risk of contamination.
- As the unit includes air conditioning and air filtration units, it can also be configured as an operating theatre and ‘P4-level’ laboratory for diagnostics and research.