Unique mobile medical modules to help combat pandemic
April 22, 2020
HAMILTON, ON – With the support of national innovation organization Mitacs, Hamilton-based AVL Manufacturing – which engineers enclosures for power generators – has transformed its core business into producing first-of-their-kind mobile medical modules for hospitals to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Unlike the tents currently being used by hospitals, AVL Manufacturing’s mobile modules are deployable within minutes, complete with built-in HVAC with HEPA filtration systems and negative pressure (to filter viruses), and can withstand the elements. The units allow hospital staff to triage patients who might have symptoms associated with COVID-19 before they enter the hospital, or can be used as extra hospital bed space or change rooms for medical staff.
“When time is critical, our rapid response mobile medical modules support front line workers, providing a safe and controlled environment for medical care,” said Vince DiCristofaro, CEO of AVL Manufacturing.
Mitacs is currently fast-tracking support for small to medium-sized businesses with ideas that can help in Canada’s fight to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including securing government funding, accessing resources for research, development and equipment, and hiring post-secondary interns, within days.
“Our team is committed to supporting the development of innovative solutions for Canada and the world,” said John Hepburn, CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs. “In response to federal and provincial government announcements of funding for coronavirus research, our 80 business development experts nationwide are poised to guide SMEs through the process and give them access to the talent and tools needed to succeed.”
For more information, visit www.mitacs.ca.