A Richmond-based business has completely revamped the inside of a van to help the medical industry during COVID-19.
Absolute Styling, a company that specializes in personalizing vehicles, has turned a Mercedes Sprinter van into a mobile diabetes research lab for BC Children’s Hospital Research Unit and UBC Diabetes Research.
The mobile lab will allow researchers to take their services directly to patients across the province, which will include equipment such as a centrifuge, medical quality freezer for samples, safety floors and privacy blinds.
Lorenzo Armani, CEO of Absolute Styling, said they are adjusting to the new changes since the travel and limousine industries are among those hit the hardest by the pandemic.
“Our team jumped at the opportunity to task on this project and apply their expertise to help create a new tool for British Columbia’s health care workers,” said Armani.
He added that the sprinter van was one of the most popular for “vanlife” travellers, which makes it the most suitable to be used for professional health, safety and administration uses for the go.
Meg Hughes, network manager of BC Diabetes Research Network said they are thrilled with the new lab.
“Thanks to the talented team at Absolute Styling, we are able to move our health research out of the laboratory and into the community,” said Hughes.