Philips Launches New Mobile ICUs to Assist in India COVID-19 Response

By Logan Wamsley

India is one of the top five countries in the world with the highest number of COVID-19 cases. As government agencies and health systems in the country are strained under the weight of such a tremendous burden, medical equipment manufacturers are working tirelessly to devise a variety of products and solutions to fill this critical market void.

To this end, few have made more progress than Royal Philips. For example, Philips has just launched a first-of-its-kind mobile Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Locally manufactured in the heart of India, these units cover a floor area of 1380 square ft. and come complete with independent patient cubicles, high-end washrooms, and self-disinfection facilities while requiring only on-site electricity and a water connection to become fully operational.

“We believe this solution will help the country to tackle COVID-19 in an effective manner as it enables healthcare institutions to increase their critical-care bed capacities,” said Daniel Mazon, general manager of Philips India. “The solution will also be significant in the long term to address future critical care requirements.”

These centers are also designed to be highly adaptable to treat patients beyond COVID-19. Currently, units are furnished with medical equipment such as ventilators, defibrillators, and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines, as well as oxygen and vacuum supplies, but can be tailored to meet virtually any kind of natural disaster or pandemic.

“Philips’ mobile ICU solution will offer great advantage in treatment of isolated patients, in disaster management, and for community outreach,” said Mahipal Singh Bhanot, Zonal Director of Fortis Healthcare. “Additionally, it will enable streamlining of hospital workflows without the need to change their protocols for infectious patients, while maintaining patient and staff safety. This can be a productive asset to have, especially because it is useful in adding additional beds to hospitals in a much reduced time, which means rapid ramp up of a hospital’s bed capacity.”

The introduction of such exciting new products is only the beginning of Philip’s mission to assist healthcare systems pushed to their limit in terms of capacity and resources. For example, Philips is also offering a new dedicated tele-critical care command center for the Indian market. Used as a central hub and capable of combining vital signs, lab values, and predictive analytics into a single cohesive system, these centers make use of highly trained intensivists who can connect to and remotely monitor patients in ICUs 24/7 from an advanced dashboard. As of today, there are already five of these centers in use in India which collectively are connected to up to 700 ICU beds at any given time.

Despite their significant strides in providing relief to healthcare facilities in India and beyond, Philips has no intention of slowing down. “At Philips, our brand purpose is to improve lives through meaningful innovation,” says Philips Chief Marketing and E-Commerce Officer Lorraine Barber-Miller. “This has been a guiding principle in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, helping instill confidence and clarity among customers and employees alike. Our brand purpose . . . will continue to play a critical role as we look ahead to the next stage of the pandemic and the challenges it will present.”