Atlanta's Grady Memorial revives mobile ER in preparation for flu spike

For the second time in its history, Atlanta-based Grady Memorial Hospital is putting a mobile emergency department in its parking lot to brace for an uptick in flu cases, NBC-affiliate TV station WXIA reports.

The unit will be in the hospital's parking lot Jan. 16. 

The hospital is contracting with Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health's Carolinas MED-1 mobile ED. The mobile hospital is fully staffed with medical supplies, physicians, nurses, medical technicians and support staff, according to the Independent Tribune.

Equipment includes a digital X-ray, ultrasound, lab, pharmacy, 14 acute care beds and a two-bed operating room.

In the last flu season, physicians working in Grady's mobile ED saw about 1,000 flu patients in the first nine days of the facility's opening.

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