Temporary Isolation units

Temporary Isolation units

Temporary Isolation units and treatment facility for COVID19 patients

Many hospitals worldwide are in crisis as they are short of beds and other medical equipment for Covid19 patients. So I was wondering if I could create a temporary yet efficient treatment facility that requires less time to erect. I came up with the idea of Self erecting modular airframe tent. These tents are made with medical grade plastic and are mobile. As hospitals are running out of space, outdoor medical service is the only practical way to recovery. The modular design plays a ‘plug n play’ role and being temporary, any vacant land can be put to use. These tents can be installed as an Extension of existing hospital or any other structure.

These Medical grade inflatable tents are not only convenient and safe; there is flexibility of assembling or disassembling these tents in minutes. The quality of being waterproof and windproof, airframe inflatable tents are more desirable in terms of privacy and space. The inflatable airframe tents also have enough room for medical equipment and serve the purpose of proper isolation of high risk Coronavirus infected patients.

There are primarily two zones, the ICU or isolation units with 2 sleepers in a tent. The isolation units accommodates of one or two patients depending on need. Low risk zone is for people who are not in critical condition and contains a portable WC with 8 sleepers in each zone. The convenience of these modules is the flexibility of additions to have more beds according to need. There can be two or more ‘in between’ zones among two isolation units for emergency medical services and medicine supply. This is possible only due to the concept of temporary structure.

Creative work: Product design (video animation)

Details of work

Title: Temporary Isolation units and treatment facility for COVID19 patients

Year Created: 9th April 2020

Technique: Designed in AutoCAD 2016 and 3d rendered in Sketchup 2020. Final touched and annotations in Adobe Photoshop and illustrator.

Author:  Shawlin Islam

Affiliation: Tanya Karim N R Khan and Associates

University of Asia Pacific, Dhaka, Bangladesh


October 28, 2020


  • Shawlin Islam

    Grateful to Durban University of Technology for allowing me to share my knowledge 🙂

    Reply November 5, 2020 at 7:48 am
  • Enoch

    Such an interesting and timely innovation. Have created a physical prototype of this isolation unit?

    Reply November 17, 2020 at 9:38 pm
  • Shawlin Islam

    Hello Enoch, No this was created for a competition in IIT, Bombay in April, 2020. During the early lockdown period so there is not physical model. Thank you ^_^

    Reply December 30, 2020 at 3:49 pm

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