I would say that finding out what the conditions are on the ground, and what limitations will be found, can be a great sobering guideline for those who know how to build equipment and solutions to deploy on the field. I have had a few questions of my own, such as, if there available (enough) water for water intensive solutions and disinfection equipment? is there fuel for equipment that requires mechanical or combustion (incinerator), is there steady supply of electricity (for sterilizers), are there centralized waste processing facilities in place that can be improved? is there a place or people who can be contacted to find out what the exact challenges (related to one's field) and refine the solutions so they are relevant and cost effective? That knowledge base would be interesting to find out, know or use.
One curious aspect I've noticed while reading through some of the ideas is that more than a few times, when the a company or individual already has a solution, it just seemed shameless self promotion or in a way it didn't get no "love" or applause from some of the audience. There are a lot of creative people and companies out there, just like our team sometimes we lack the large funding to pitch it directly, but it just so happens that being a small company is always hard. However, my point was, for those individuals or companies with a good, useful and otherwise deployable idea, my kuddos, promote your idea because for the most part it comes from battle tested ideas, designs and already produced prototypes with proved technologies that can make the time to market or production shorter. Sometimes, small companies just need a bit of help from the public, critics, idea people and institutions to grow and innovate. My and my team have been working for over 30 years with medical waste, hazardous waste, steam boilers, autoclaves, incinerators, sealable containers, protective equipment for handlers and containerized equipment and specialized refrigerated trucks to avoid mishandling waste. Nevertheless, coming to the US from a country in shambles and now ruined, we lacked the resources to grow our enterprise back on to its former glory, so I'd argue in favor of those small business owners who can come up with great innovative solutions that can make a difference because not everyone knows how hard it is to grow and succeed and how easy it is to stumble back. I gave my applause Jay Bucklew, may there be many others!
The isolation of the liquids, provided that the heating problem can be taken care of by some kind of fan will make it easy enough to be used, since this tent is/was used in the Nebraska Medical Center. What I would see as a major challenge is the cooling, and the best possible improvement the hammock type (slide a stick and carry) solution since there are no ambulances for transport in most cases. There is a possible usable solution for the liquids (which in the case of ebola is very simple to inoculate using some clorox and ammonia and UV light plus proper dumping) which will take care of most of the waste. However, a lot of the solid or fluid contaminated waste will need to be pre-treated (sterilization) or containerized and transported to a mobile autoclave/incinerator outside. If not, you run the risk of re-contaminating the hospital. Another measure that can be applied is UV lights in patient rooms, combined with steam/water pressure/clorox type of cleaning (if there was enough water in the location). No solution that ignores the waste or the large amount of waste produced will be complete.