Italians develop train with onboard Intensive Care
The ICU Train is an innovative hospital train that is equipped with outpatient clinics and Intensive Care units. The goal is to offer quick medical support in emergency situations throughout Europe with a well-equipped IC. The Italian rail operator Trenitalia will provide two standard coaches for the tests, which will take place in early 2021.
The hospital train project was selected from a total of 130 submissions in response to an international call from the European Space Agency ESA to support in European countries in the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICU Train is being developed by the technology companies of the Italian Angel Group, including aerospace specialist Sitael, railway supplier MerMec, engineering company EikonTech, cybersecurity company Brightcyde and their partner Skycomm.
In the event of major health emergencies, such as those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICU Train can provide additional Intensive Care. In this way, patients in need of assistance can be transferred quickly, safely and at a reasonable cost to the train with IC units. The trains can also serve as a field hospital for disaster relief, and can be sent across Europe to emergencies such as earthquakes and floods.
The Angel Group companies will equip one coach with satellite communications, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence technologies to enable medical analysis and remote consultations on the way. This allows the medical staff on board the train to quickly consult specialists. The Italian region of Apulia will supply the medical equipment. The second coach will be used as a support wagon during tests, which are scheduled for the first half of 2021.