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Current care planning is focused on centralized treatment clinics. This reflects traditional western medical models of healthcare. In resource rich societies this is an effective, appropriate model. However, in West Africa we cannot simply emulate th

Current care planning is focused on centralized treatment clinics. This reflects traditional western medical models of healthcare. In resource rich societies this is an effective, appropriate model. However, in West Africa we cannot simply emulate th

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Thanks James

Hi James,
Thanks for your kind messages. To be honest the tent idea has stalled and needs some impetus and I rather suspect that you are just what we need right now! I would be delighted to speak with you further about taking it forward. I did have someone helping with design but their wife is in hospital and they are understandably occupied by that. Drop me an email on davidclark409@googlemail.com and perhaps we can arrange a time to talk on Skype or similar. I am happy for ANYONE to take this forward and make it a reality. I would be delighted to see it make an impact and like you I genuinely believe it can help. I look forward to hearing from you,
Best wishes and thanks
Dave Clark

I agree very much still a concept and lots of what you have said makes sense to me too. I agree with poles outside....not only for burial but also for transportation with a patient. I wondered if it was possible to leave the head end up while bringing down the foot end pole . Also makes more sense if you have a delirious or agitated patient. I also think moving the sluice collection system inside the tent at the foot end would help protect those outside. Ideally this tent should keep the patient safely isolated until fully equipped healthcare staff can intervene, or the patient expires. One problem with doing that is weight, 1 kilo per litre and after cleaning up several episodes of diarrhoea or vomiting the volume will rise dramatically. This will also make it unstable for transfer.

Ventilation remains a problem in had hoped a couple of hepa filters at each end would help. But it is going to be too hot. Power seems a rate limiting factor. I even toyed with the idea of a foot pump to help airflow...but it's exhausting enough looking after a sick patient.

I would welcome any drawings, CAD, thoughts design etc. I have no product design or management experience and I am still working as a doctor. Anyone with any thoughts on how to bring this into existence is most welcome!!
Thanks for the great advice and input!