In Dubai, one of the world's largest ambulances

An innovation in the medical field that transforms emergency response and healthcare

When we think of ambulances, the classic van-shaped vehicle typically comes to mind. However, there’s one much larger, the size of a bus. It’s the world’s largest ambulance, a groundbreaking project in the field of emergency healthcare, developed and deployed by the Dubai Ambulance Services Center. This vehicle surpasses all previous models in size and capacity, representing a true mobile clinic equipped to handle emergency situations with a high number of casualties.

Design and Functionality

Based on the Mercedes-Benz Citaro urban bus model, the ambulance has been transformed into a mobile intensive care unit by Gebr. Heymann GmbH in collaboration with Von Bergh Global Medical Consulting. Measuring an impressive 20.03 meters (about 65.71 feet), the ambulance can treat and transport up to 123 people including patients and medical staff. It features three intensive care units and eight immediate care units, along with an area fully equipped as an operating theater.

Technology and Innovation

Among the most innovative features are the tissue oxygen saturation monitoring system, which can prevent shock before it manifests, and the world’s smallest X-ray unit, so efficient that it doesn’t require lead shielding. The ambulance is also equipped to perform a wide variety of surgical procedures and medical treatments, with disposable instruments and an operating table illuminated by surgical lights.

Impact and Implications

The introduction of these high-capacity ambulances significantly enhances medical response in disaster situations where delays in hospital transport can be fatal. The ability to treat multiple patients simultaneously and provide advanced medical care on-site could transform the paradigm of emergency treatment, saving more lives during mass disasters or severe accidents.

In summary, the world’s largest ambulance is not only a symbol of advanced engineering but also a qualitative leap in how medical emergencies can be managed, bringing the hospital directly to the field.


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