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CURA

We are a multifaceted group of companies located in Chesterville, ON, with more than twenty years of expertise in warehousing, logistics, modular construction and manufacturing as well as technology development in vertical farming, innovative HVAC systems and clean room environment design.
We have started collaboration with CURA, an international task force of designers, engineers, medical professionals, and military experts to to create plug-in biocontainment pods that can be quickly deployed in cities around the world, promptly responding to the shortage of ICU space in hospitals and the spread of the disease.
This initiative is backed by World Economic Forum and UniCredit.

CURA FOR CANADA

CURA is a compact Intensive-Care pod for patients with respiratory infections, hosted in a 20-foot inter-modal container with bio-containment (thanks to negative pressure). Each unit works autonomously and can be shipped anywhere. Individual pods are connected by an inflatable structure to create multiple modular configurations (from 4 beds to over 40), which can be deployed in just a few hours. Some pods can be placed in proximity to a hospital (e.g. in parking lots) to expand the ICU capacity, while others could be used to create self-standing field hospitals of varying sizes.

A report issued by an Ontario panel of experts and the Ministry of Health of the federal government in 2003 and 2004 after the SARS pandemic occurred, concluded that 80% of Canadian hospitals do not meet the standard recommendation made by the Canadian Infection Control Alliance and that the majority of emergency rooms in Ontario are not constructed to prevent and control the spread
of infectious disease.
On March 28th, 2020, Ontario’s chief medical officer Dr. David Williams stated that 91 healthcare workers in Ontario had tested positive for COVID-19 since the end of January. Dr. Williams further advised that it was not possible to confirm how many of those people were exposed or infected on the job at the healthcare facilities as there are currently no PPE shortages. As of April 2nd, 2020, the number of cased increased to 229 lab confirmed cases among healthcare workers to date. The Ministry of Health provided the data on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 in response to an inquiry from CBC news. The new data reveals that 9.6 percent of the provinces 2,392 confirmed COVID-19 cases involve physicians, nurses, paramedics, personal support workers, long-term care home staff and members of other health-care professions. See the following link for further details: https://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/index.php/update-hospital-and-long-term-care-health-care-workers-long-term-care-residents-infected-with-covid-19-2/.
This data strongly indicates that healthcare workers at risk everyday despite currently having adequate PPE. Infection disease reports from around the world conducted after SARS, advised of facility design barriers that could cause infection to spread. Now there is a need to resolve these issues swiftly to protect our frontline workers and society at large by ramping up the much needed isolation units.
Recently, a New York Times article entitled “These Coronavirus Exposures Might be the Most Dangerous” suggests that “the importance of the viral dose, is being overlooked in the discussions of the coronavirus. As with any other poison, viruses are usually more dangerous in larger amounts. Small initial exposures tend to lead to mild or asymptomatic infections while larger doses can be lethal…because dose matters, medical personnel face an extreme risk, since they deal with the sickest, highest viral load patients…while preventing viral spread is a societal good, avoiding high dose infections is a personal imperative even for healthy young people” For additional details regarding how viral loads affect healthcare workers please see the following link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/opinion/coronavirus-viral-dose.html.

Hospital Tent

Pros: Fast to mount.

Cons: Exposes medical professionals to a higher risk of contamination.

 

CURA Pod

Pros: Safe to work in thanks to biocontainment with negative pressure, mobile units can deploy fast with plug & play set up