Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Field Hospital Reaches Elite “Type 3 Team” Status With World Health Organization (WHO)
This week, for the first time in history, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the Israel Defense Forces Field Hospital Unit as a "Type 3 Foreign Medical Team," signifying that it's the best in the world.
Currently, all other foreign medical teams which provide disaster relief are classified as either Type 1 or Type 2.
“There’s no question that all of us will be able to deploy better to each one of our missions in the future,” Col. (Res) Ofer Merin, commander of the IDF Medical Corps field hospital said in a statement, regarding the announcement. “It’s not just that we got the stamp that says ‘we’re the best team.’ We gained a lot from this process, which means our future patients will gain a lot.”
The field hospital itself is an engineering marvel. Once the highly trained IDF medical team is on location, the structure takes only 12 hours to set up. That's because half of the team immediately works on setting up the field hospital, while the other half of the team begins to administer medical care to patients. The hospital can handle a patient capacity similar to that of a traditional hospital.
“The hospital can treat more than 200 patients per day and has 12 emergency medicine stations, 3 operating facilities, a blood bank, advanced laboratories, and imaging equipment,” according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces.
The field hospital can also handle "inpatient referral surgical care," according to the IDF statement.
According to the statement, a delegation from the IDF Field Hospital Unit will travel to Hong Kong in two weeks to receive a flag from the WHO in honor of this momentous achievement.
(Photo Courtesy of the IDF Spokesperson's Unit)