TORONTO — (iCrowdNewswire) UniFold announces the immediate availability of its rigid pop-up structures for use as medical ICU wards and mobile injection sites. Hospitals in need of expanding or mobilizing sterile environments, can quickly deploy bio-secure ICU wards indoors or secure weatherproof injection sites outdoors. The structures can be deployed side by side in tight formation to make the most of the available area, and the self-supporting folding design has no parts to lose, deploying in about 30 seconds.
Projections indicate hospitals need to expand their ICU and vaccination capacities urgently in this latest wave of the pandemic.
“Our structures deploy in seconds with a floor, making an intact chamber that accepts positive and negative pressure, providing a sterile space anywhere, in seconds,” says Steve Ostrowski, Director of Business Development at UniFold. “Tents don’t work indoors, and proper weather protection is needed outdoors. UniFold solves both problems in about 30 seconds.”
The versatile ‘exoskeleton’ structures stand on their own. The roof, sidewalls, and floor are made of large, folded sheets of polypropylene, the material used for election signs. The folds give them extraordinary strength and resilience and the durable systems can be used hundreds of times with little deterioration in strength and reliability.
UniFolds are already used by hospitals as decontamination showers and chem/bio-secure isolation chambers. The design was recently improved by increasing headroom, adding air handling ports, and sealing the seams.
UniFold systems are made-to-order to accommodate any number of patients. An optional interior divider provides a bio-secure physical barrier so front-line workers can vaccinate from a sterile space, while patients are in a weather-protected vestibule.
UniFold structures are manufactured by Pine Valley Packaging Group under exclusive license. The shelters have been used in the rapid deployment of medical, military, hazmat, and disaster responder housing applications since 2000. They are suited for indoor and outdoor use and are efficiently heated and cooled due to twin wall panel construction.