April 28, 2020
The greatest difficulties arose from the size of the plots and the number of beds to be included, their location, since they were already predetermined, the connections of the infrastructures with the main hospitals, the complicated design of circulations and, above all, of the lack of time to stop and think.
Field hospitals are usually used by military organizations, not for this type of situation, so initially, there were no real standards in existing health infrastructure design.
In conclusion, it has been an emergency solution with some shortcomings, which could have been resolved with more time and planning.
If we have learned from this experience, it is that, given the possibility of similar situations arising in the future, we must now begin to plan such actions, so that all factors are studied in advance: the ideal place for the plot , the preparation of the connection, the design of the accesses, and distribution and type of modules.
Another very important issue to keep in mind is that we must count on the input of the medical and nursing staff from the outset.
On the other hand, the main hospitals must be prepared so that they can, first of all, grow inwards using versatile and flexible solutions previously considered. If they are congested, and as a last resort, outward growth can begin.
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Night view of the field hospital in Valencia: "El Meridiano L´Horta" newspaper