Mobile Medical Clinics Can Fill Essential Gap Services During Pandemics
March 26, 2020 | 0
COVID-19 is putting the world to the test. From vast nations to small families, everyone has been called upon to do their part to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Many business operations have slowed to a standstill. Only a month ago, La Boit staff was at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas with thousands of attendees, shaking hands and guiding visitors through a mobile clinic. Wow, that event seems like it was so long ago now…
As we all strive to take care of each other, we at La Boit are humbled by the incredible tales of bravery and sacrifice of healthcare workers all across the world. Many are working long hours, away from their families, and with a shortage of personal protective equipment like masks and gloves. It’s the selflessness of these individuals that continues to give us hope as we face a very uncertain time.
We are also reminded of the importance of a strong medical infrastructure. While intensive care facilities, and lack thereof, have been getting a lot of attention in the media, there are hundreds of thousands of individuals who need to go to the doctor or hospital everyday for other reasons, and might be scared to do so.
In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Lessons From Italy’s Hospital Meltdown,” a doctor in Philadelphia who trained in Milan wrote that in times like these, telemedicine and home-based treatment through mobile clinics could provide an important stop gap in preventing people from moving around too much and reserving limited hospital space for those who are most sick.
While the federal government has instructed people to delay elective surgeries, we know that there are some things that just shouldn’t be delayed – followup cancer screenings, addiction counseling and medication, and prenatal care as examples. Mobile medical clinics can fill those important gaps by bringing care directly into the community, or even directly into people’s homes.
When we come out on the other side of this, and we definitely will, things might be different. The structure of the healthcare system as we know it could change dramatically. Our hope is with a system that is more responsive and robust than ever before with widespread technologies such as telemedicine and mobile medicine.
But until that happens, right now we need to prioritize the health and well-being of ourselves and our fellow citizens. We need to listen to the experts and stay at home as much as we can, reach out to our friends and family via phone or social media, and of course, sing Happy Birthday while we wash our hands.
From all of us at La Boit, take care of yourself and each other.
About La Boit Specialty Vehicles
La Boit Specialty Vehicles president Gil Blais first started La Boit in his garage in 1981, where he hand-made organizational boxes for traveling veterinarians. Fast forward to today, La Boit Specialty Vehicles is now a leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing for the Veterinary, Spay/Neuter/Adoption, Dental, Medical, Command, and Bloodmobile industries.
La Boit Specialty Vehicles offers a variety of vehicles to suit your needs, from 18ft pull-behind trailers to 40ft drivable coaches, none of which require a CDL to drive. Best of all, our vehicles are commercially-built from the chassis up for your specific needs, and are never converted RVs.
Helping professionals around the world confidently deliver a higher level of service to their local markets by providing the highest quality custom mobile units in the industry!
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