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Daimler Converts Mercedes-Benz Citaro Bus Into Mobile ICU To Transport COVID-19 Patients (Photos)

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Daimler Buses converts Mercedes-Benz Citaro into special Mobile Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to transport COVID-19 patients.

The fully equipped mobile hospital is now the largest intensive care ambulance in Germany.

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Daimler Buses has converted an intercity bus into special transportation for COVID-19 patients at its plant in Neu-Ulm.





The bus, based on the Mercedes-Benz Citaro, was converted into a high-capacity ICU ambulance by a team of 12 employees from bus production. It took them just 15 working days to complete the conversion.

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The mobile hospital is now the largest intensive care ambulance in Germany. It will be used by DRK-Rettungsdienst Heidenheim-Ulm gGmbH (German Red Cross Emergency Medical Services Heidenheim-Ulm).

The vehicle is a loan. Initially, it will be available to the German Red Cross (DRK) for a period of six months.

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The joint project is supported by the University Hospital in Ulm. The hospital will provide specialized medical staff; including two intensive-care doctors; three paramedics; and two ambulance officers.

SWU Stadtwerke Ulm/Neu-Ulm GmbH (public utility company), who is also part of the project, will provide drivers and maintenance personnel.





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Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses, explained :

“Among other professions, it is currently the staff in hospitals and care facilities who are working steadfastly and who particularly deserve our respect.

“Therefore, I am delighted that we are able to support the DRK by supplying transportation capacity.”

“As a bus manufacturer, we want to contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic at a local level”

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Features Of The Bus

On the outside, the bus features a blue light and a siren on the rooftop as warning signals.

Inside, the mobile ICU boasts four complete intensive care beds and four electro-hydraulic wheeled stretchers fitted with a loading system.

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Other features includes four intensive care ventilators, four monitoring screens, as well as a sonography unit and a blood gas analysis device.

To reduce the risk of infecting the driver with COVID-19 virus, the bus also has partition wall that separates the front from the rear, as well as a different ventilation system.





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