Across the world, increasing bed capacity to deal with the surge in COVID-19 patients is a central challenge. Hospital campuses are typically constrained sites, and any solution must mitigate the risk of further virus transmission. With a critical shortage of intensive care and ward beds, the need for a new, more flexible solution is clear.
Arup’s CareBox is a series of design guidelines for scalable, modular and rapid solutions to solve this problem. It can be quickly transported, deployed and implemented to provide additional capacity in a range of settings, from existing healthcare campuses to conversion of existing facilities. With the high potential/probability of further waves of infection, and an effective vaccine still in development, CareBox will prove valuable until the pandemic passes.