Even if the world’s primary concern focuses on health problems, hospitals and specialized clinics are, in reality, not distributed to every corner of the world. There are areas that are not accessible or easily accessible to hospital and healthcare needs, putting the population at risk. To address the need for medical, dental and other services, mobile health units are being set up to directly provide these areas with needed checkups and basic treatments.
Take note that mobile clinics must be fully outfitted to be effective. There are some that use the basic screening units such as blood pressure machines just as they are, but there are some that are literally mobile. These units make use of mobile towers that are primarily for communication purposes when in isolated areas.
When setting up, it is necessary to follow these simple steps in order to cope up with the selected area’s specific needs where the mobile health screening units will be installed:
- Gather data for assessments. To set up the unit, all of the information about the area where the health screening unit will be installed must be documented. Know the primary needs of the population of the specified area - this should be the top priority.
- Know what can be done. After assessing the area, you’ll know what services to include with the mobile health screening units. Here, you will be able to identify the medical, dental and other health care services you will be offering from the mobile clinic.
- Get qualified health care practitioners and personnel. Remember that you are to provide the specific needs of the population where you are installing the mobile health screening unit. Since a mobile clinic is merely a substitute for the hospital that the area lacks, the personnel directly interacting with the patients must be knowledgeable enough to address their concerns. These personnel should also be available for and able to complete any test required for the patient.
- Provide the necessary resources, apparatus and health paraphernalia. Basically, after getting data from the assessments and finally tracking the services that the unit will be offering, health care equipment and any related paraphernalia should be properly chosen as part of the unit’s instalment.
- List the records of the nearest hospitals or specialized clinics. The mobile health care screening unit must have a direct communication with the nearest hospitals and other health care centers and also with providers where possible patients can be referred directly. This usually involves transport of patients who may need health care services outside of the unit’s capability.
- Prepare a timeline. From the time that the unit will be opening to the area up to its very last day, you should have a scheduled timeline. The timeline will serve as the mobile health screening unit’s availability on the area for service. This is to maximize the capacity of the unit, the practitioners and of the health care equipments added to the unit. This is also to let the people in the area know that the screening units are just temporary and are intended as partial-service substitutes for hospitals that are far from their homes.
Mobile health units are temporary. This is applicable to isolated zones where access to regular medical services is quite impossible, and to specific incidents where mobile units are needed to partner with the hospital’s projects. Though there may already be mobile clinics in your target region, these should never be confused with permanent service operation conducted in hospitals. It should always be remembered that mobile clinics are there only for a short period of time.