GE to provide mobile medical support for 2010 Winter Games

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GE Healthcare will provide a mobile medical unit for medical emergencies for athletes and officials during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The company said its mobile medical unit will work within the security parameter of the Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler as an extension of the onsite polyclinic center staffed with doctors, specialists and nurses. The unit will provide access to diagnostic and patient monitoring equipment, in addition to a surgical area that can be used in emergencies.

The 15.9 meter tractor-trailer can expand to a 90-square meter unit with 12 beds, which includes a recovery/triage area and intensive care unit, as well as an operating room with two independent surgical beds. A support trailer will also be stocked with 72 hours worth of surgical supplies and other equipment.

The staffing of the mobile medical unit will follow the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) volunteer model for the Games, with enhanced support from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Office of Health Emergency Response Teams and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

The company said that the mobile medical unit finalizes VANOC’s medical services requirements from the International Olympic Committee to provide enhanced capability in the Sea to Sky region during the Games.

Following the Games, the Province of British Columbia will purchase the unit from VANOC.