Design of a Mobile Postnatal Clinic for a Basic Utility Vehicle

Photo of Thomas Herrera, Jeff Okeke, Kevin Roberts Students: Thomas Herrera, Jeff Okeke, Kevin Roberts

Sponsor: Institute for Affordable Transportation

Date: Spring 2012

Requirements:
The main design requirements and constraints were that the clinic must contain a pharmaceutical cooling compartment, provide storage space for the necessary medical supplies, have working stations for the medical workers to examine children and provide treatment, and must not take a long time to attach to the frame of the BUV. In addition, the clinic must fit inside the cargo bed of the BUV, which is approximately 3.3 feet by 6.7 feet, and have a center of mass that is less than 2.5 feet from the cargo bed. Finally, the total cost to manufacture the clinic must be less than $3,000.

Problem:
Design an attachable, cost effective, lightweight, mobile postnatal clinic with a pharmaceutical cooling compartment that fits the cargo bed of a Basic Utility Vehicle without changing the functionality of the vehicle.

Solution:
The team's overall design collapses when the vehicle is in transit and can expand to approximately 6.5 feet when the vehicle is stationary and the clinic is in use. The housing is supported by four support columns that provide structural stability, and the side walls of the housing rotate downward to be used as working stations to perform child examinations and administer vaccines and other medications. In addition, the housing features a lightweight, retractable PVC roof that can be lowered when the vehicle is in transit and raised when the vehicle is stationary. Inside the housing, there is a storage compartment that also serves as a bed for a recumbent patient and a pharmaceutical cooling compartment that is housed by a passenger chair. Finally, the entire clinic costs approximately $2,175 when constructed from teak.

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