Rinac India (Rinac), an insulated panel and refrigeration system producer in India, recently produced mobile medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facilities made with BASF’s Elastopir, a high-quality polyurethane rigid foam insulation solution.
Traditionally used in the construction of refrigerated spaces for cold storage and animal farming, Elastopir is reportedly being used for healthcare facilities for the first time, to support India’s urgent need for more hospital beds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each mobile medical facility unit has five beds and is entirely prefabricated, making it easy to configure the number of beds based on the needs, as per a statement from the company. It can also be redeployed to different locations across the country using trailers.
“We need the ICU facilities to be fully airtight and insulated to ensure the safety of our healthcare workers and minimise transmission of the virus,” said Soji Abraham, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Rinac India.
“Thanks to BASF‘s Elastopir, the wall panels made with this excellent insulating material can help meet these requirements. With its extra high-temperature stability, the patients can recuperate comfortably with consistent indoor temperatures at 22-25 degrees Celsius. Most importantly, Elastopir’s superior fire performance helps enhance the protection of these facilities against fires.”
By reducing air loss and solar gain, Elastopir lowers energy consumption and helps increase the facilities’ energy efficiency. For the same insulation performance, panels produced with Elastopir are 50 per cent-100 per cent thinner than other traditional materials such as concrete. With thinner walls and envelopes, the mobile ICU facilities have more usable space and higher flexibility during construction.
“BASF is also sponsoring a unit of the ICU facility as part of its social engagement,” said Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President of Performance Materials, Asia Pacific, BASF. Sponsorship of the ICU facility is by BASF South East Asia and BASF East Asia Regional Headquarters.
“We aim to ‘go beyond’ by developing ever more innovative, sustainable solutions that help our customers, such as Rinac produce the highest quality and most energy-efficient insulation panels for their medical units.”