Named Modular Adaptable Convertible (MAC), the kit was developed by Miniwiz with the Center For Innovation (CFI) at Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Taiwan Design Research Institute (TDRI), in response to the current pandemic, and will allow hospitals to quickly be adapted to fight this virus.
The modular units, which can be assembled either inside existing buildings or on land adjacent to hospitals, are designed to be an alternative to unsuitable temporary wards being utilised in some countries.
MAC consists of a kit of interlocking parts that can be connected to create negative-pressure environments, which help control the risk of the virus spreading by containing the particles. The kit is lightweight to allow for long-distance shipping.
Walls inside the prototype modular wards are built from Miniwiz's anti-viral and bacterial acoustic panels.
Made from recycled aluminium cans and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), these sound absorption panels are covered with an anti-bacterial coating and include an Ultraviolet self-cleaning system that Miniwiz said "reduces 99.9 per cent of bacteria count, while repelling viruses".
Following the completion of its prototype Miniwiz is hoping to collaborate further with Fu Jen Hospital to install additional modular units.
Source: Tom Ravenscroft