Frequently Asked Questions
What is the target audience for the MediCart?
The MediCart is designed to serve rural communities, particularly those of low-density and/or in difficult to reach locations.
How practical is it to transport a MediCart?
The MediCart can be easily transported by attaching it to a bicycle or motorbike or it can be transported into place via helicopter or boat. The wheels of the MediCart can be swapped to accommodate off-road bicycle tires, motorbike tires, skis or pontoons.
Can the MediCart be used like an ambulance?
The MediCart is designed as a mobile medical clinic – allowing it to be set up and operational for days / weeks at a time. It can then be easily moved to the next location or kept in storage. It is not designed to transport patients but rather be an outpost of a larger medical facility or a local treatment center which can be kept in place for a longer period than an ambulance would stay.
What is the MediCart constructed out of?
The MediCart is constructed out of reinforced fiberglass (cabin), plywood (flooring) and stainless steel (frame).
How sturdy is the MediCart?
The MediCart is designed to be light weight and easily transportable across the toughest terrain. The fiber glass shell gives it similar strength to that of a boat so it can take some knocking-around. It obviously won’t have the same level of strength as a solid steel container-type of medical clinic but it is not flimsy either.
Why would rural communities want a MediCart instead of a larger container or truck-type medical clinic or an ambulance?
Size, cost and deliverability. Rural communities are often difficult to reach, have small population numbers and have low budgets. Ideally each community would have a permanent medical clinic but this is unlikely to be the case. A MediCart can go where other types of medical clinics can not.
Isn't an ambulance faster to respond to disasters?
An ambulance is likely to be faster to arrive at a disaster situation in cities but for rural communities in developing countries that is not always the case. Developing countries may lack quality infrastructure and/or may have physical barriers impacting the timely arrival of an ambulance. Getting an ambulance up a mountain pass, through narrow unsealed roads, over a river or across debris-strewn paths is difficult. Where there are mass casualty situations such as earthquakes or hurricanes – the need for help is often wide-spread and lasts many days. Small villages and rural locations may typically receive help many days after the disaster has struck and they may need help for many days after medics arrive. The size, cost and versatility of the MediCart solves these problems.
But, isn't an ambulance just better?
Ambulances are excellent for ‘at scene’ disaster situations but they are expensive and, due to cost factors, often limited in number.
Approximately 30 MediCarts may be acquired for the same cost as one ambulance and MediCarts can be stored in local towns / community halls and used to treat people at the scene for a longer period than ambulances can and at a far lower cost.
Ambulances are also designed to transport patients to the nearest medical clinic. Their power and internal systems are not designed to last more than a few hours and they are expensive and complicated to maintain. In the case of rural communities the nearest medical facility if often located far away (sometimes several days walk / boat rides away). In the case of disaster situations the nearest medical clinic may be impaired or destroyed.
The MediCart can used to treat people on-scene for a longer period of time at a far lower cost.