Medical Trailers

Many doctors work at a hospital, but some see fit to have their own practice. In fact, some doctors are so eager to help a particular area that they have their clinic on wheels and are willing to rotate between small town in order to see patients. While it is not the perfect solution, Medical Trailers are built for precisely this reason and can reasonably facsimile a full clinic. 

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The idea is based off the mobile camper where two or more rooms are sized into a space that can fit within a single lane on the high way. More recent mobile campers supplement the living room space by having a sitting area that expands when the camper is parked but retracts back to an appropriate size when it is time to move. The same idea has been expanded in mobile trailers, where extensions keep expanding until they add entire rooms.

Medical trailers are, in fact, much larger than camper trailers and must be pulled by a commercial truck rather than a mid-sized truck or sport utility vehicle. In other words, the doctor or one of his staff also needs a commercial driver's license in order to haul a specialized shipping container around a state.

The capabilities of these mobile clinics depends on space utilization and available clinic. A good source of water must be secured, and a hose attached to an external water outlet might not be sufficient. The clinic will also use as much power as an apartment and so a regular power cord is not enough to transfer the necessary electricity.

On the bright side, many power efficient devices can reduce the consumption of a mobile clinic. The widespread use of LED lights can greatly reduce power usage. Disposable equipment eliminates the need for an autoclave or kitchen, and some devices can be operated with nothing but batteries. Space is carefully utilized so it might be possible to have two patient rooms rather than just one.

It is very important for a mobile clinic not to feel too claustrophobic. The largest expansion bay will likely not have a wall and the receptionist area and sitting room will be one space. The bathrooms on trailers are known for being rather small and unisex, but doctors probably do think of disabled patients. As for the clinic, it probably is separated by a wall for privacy.

A doctor might also have his office, but it probably will be a limited space. Mobile clinics bring specialized care to the smallest towns and rural areas. Since it involves more specialized skills than a food truck, each staff member might perform multiple roles. The nurse might also be a typist or the front desk person might be the nurse. A lot of talent goes into making this type of magic happen.