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A pop-up hospital pops up

In case of disaster, inflate and add doctors.

February 10, 2009
by Don Sapatkin
Philadelphia Inquirer

With a portable generator, 50 cots, 130 ventilators, 26 wireless cardiac monitors and 27 patient carts loaded with tongue depressors, eye shields and IV sets, the new rapid-response team is intended to fill the 72-hour gap before federal emergency help arrives after a disaster.

Having this kind of "pop-up equipment" is really important, said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, a Washington nonprofit that evaluates preparedness. "And it's important to have pop-up doctors, too."

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