The main Sickbay facilities are located together on the same deck.
This arrangement facilitates the efficient operations of one of the most
important areas of the ship. Patients can be examined, tests made,
surgery performed, and recuperation accomplished within a relatively
small area. Medical personnel are able to perform multiple, simultaneous
tasks because of this arrangement and, therefore, fewer crewmembers are
needed to perform the same level of tasking.
Main Examination Center
The Main Examination Center located on the periphery of the complex
in close proximity to turbolifts, is the first place a crewmember
reports if in need of medical assistance. Initial examinations and
classification of the injury or disease process are accomplished here.
Once the patient is diagnosed, he or she can be directed to the
appropriate area for treatment. Minor problems can be resolved by the
examining physician or technologist. All other areas of Main Sickbay are
accessible from the Main Examination Center.
Chief Medical Officer’s Office
Located adjacent to the Examination Center, the Chief Medical Officer’s
Office provides the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) with the privacy
required for consultations, meetings, and other appropriate activities.
From the CMOs computer terminal diagnostics results, patient records and
histories, the current life-signs readouts of any Sickbay bed, and the
Medical database stored in the Main Computer Library can be accessed.
The CMOs Office has two main areas: a conference room and a central
A Secondary Sickbay is located just beneath the forward bulkhead of
the Shuttlebay. This complex contains a main examination area and a
22-bed ward, both of which are scaled-down versions of Main Sickbay
facilities. It is utilized for overflow patients and during mass
casualty situations for patients with minor Injuries so that Main
Sickbay can handle more serious cases. During normal operations,
Secondary Sickbay is not manned by Medical personnel, although all
equipment and supplies are inspected on a regular basis.
As in any modern medical complex, patients have differing needs. Some
require around-the-clock observation and care, while others have lesser
requirements. Three different wards are provided to handle this variety
of care levels
In some cases, a patient may display symptoms of a disease, which is
highly contagious. These diseases may be airborne or spread by contact.
To prevent infection of the remainder of the crew or other patients, an
Isolation Ward segregates these types of patients. Designed to handle up
to six patients with completely different disease manifestations, each
isolation chamber can be programmed for a wide variety of atmospheric
and gravity requirements should the particular disease warrant a change
from normal shipboard conditions.
No one can enter an isolation chamber in the ward without the
appropriate code and authorized BSC entered into the chamber door
control panel. An attempt at unauthorized entrance causes the ward to be
sealed and an alarm to be sounded in both the CMOs Office and the
Security Duty Office.
Seriously injured personnel and those requiring close monitoring of
disease processes, are placed into the Critical/Intensive Care Unit.
Biobeds for seven patients and a nursing station are in this
Up to seven patients can utilize the Recovery Ward simultaneously. It
is used as a post-operative staging room where the biomedical status of
patients can be closely monitored. Should circumstances dictate, a
patent may remain in this Ward for several hours. Any patient who is
kept for observation (overnight, for example) will remain in this Ward.
Patients who require longer-term recuperation are placed into one of
the 12 private rooms