EpiShuttle is all about protecting both patients and health care professionals.

- These are their stories.

- This is their stories.

Photo: FAI

«Our investments in the EpiShuttle has increased our efficiency»

By October 2020 FAI has transported patients with the EpiShuttle in 47 countries, including difficult destinations as Iraq, China, and South Sudan.

FAI Air Ambulance is one of the largest operators in Germany and one of the largest flight-ambulance operators worldwide. The ambulance division has been operating at maximum capacity to meet the high number of requests for repatriation and medical evacuation flights. Since March FAI has performed almost 70 flights of covid-19 patients in 47 countries with the medical isolation and transportation unit EpiShuttle.

The impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the aviation sector is enormous and the industry has been to massive changes in the last year.

«I am immensely proud of the way FAI Air Ambulance and our talented team of professionals responded to the immense challenges of the pandemic. We have collaborated with EpiGuard in on further development in safe isolation and transport», says Volker Lemke who heads up FAI´s Air Ambulance Division.

Airflow inside a helicopter or a fixed-wing aircraft can easily cause viruses to flow from the patient to the pilots. Operating an aircraft wearing personal protection accessories may not be an option, and the transport of contagious patients can put an entire crew on the ground.

With EpiShuttle the FAI crew can safely transport covid-19 patients by air for hours without the strains and discomfort of medical protection equipment.

FAI is using the aircraft Challenger 604.

FAI Air Ambulance

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«Our investments in the EpiShuttle have increased our efficiency in covid-19 transport and we have had flights with CBRN patients with the EpiShuttle as well.»

Volker Lemke, head of FAI Air Ambulance Division

Photo: DRF Luftrettung

«Using the EpiShuttle, the medical crew can concentrate fully on the medical monitoring and care of the patient»

During the pandemic initial stage, one of the largest air rescue organizations in Europe, German DRF Luftrettung, experienced a massive demand for safe corona transport.

Last year the German rescue organization performed 662 coronavirus missions, with 330 patients transported by air. The safety and health of both patients and crew are of the utmost priority, and EpiShuttles play an important role in their comprehensive hygiene concept.

«By using the EpiShuttle isolation stretcher, all crew members are optimally protected during intensive care transports, which often last several hours. Also, the strain of wearing tight-fitting, personal protective clothing is significantly reduced», says Dr. Jörg Braun, Head of the Medicine Department at DRF Luftrettung.

In 2020 the DRF Luftfrettung and Luxembourg Air Rescue were awarded the Adenauer-de Gaulle prize for their outstanding contribution to Franco-German solidarity ’ in the pandemic. The two air rescue services performed the majority of helicopter transports of French patients to hospitals in Germany and back again. Cross-border cooperation has been critical to saving lives in coronavirus hot spots when the capacity of intensive care units has been limited.

DRF Luftrettung is using the aircraft Eurocopter EC145.

DRF Luftrettung

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Photo: DRF Luftrettung

«With the EpiShuttle we fly patients quickly, safe and optimally monitored to a hospital with a free intensive care bed with ventilation.»

Dr. Jörg Braun, Head of the Medicine Department at DRF Luftrettung

Photo: Keewatin Air LP

«Safe transport is key to handle the pandemic»

Keewatin Air can with their EpiShuttles offer fast and safe transport, even from remote locations.

With the EpiShuttles in place, the medivac services providers can perform patient monitoring and full intensive care of infected patients during air, sea, and land transport.

Keewatin Air´s aircraft PC-12 is widely used in the north, where its short takeoff and landing capabilities make it able to service the smallest and remote communities with modest airstrips. This includes missions to Alert which is the most northerly community in Canada and the world at latitude 82 degrees about 800 miles from the North pole.

«We found the EpiShuttle to have unparalleled features. The EpiShuttle allows patient monitoring and full intensive care treatment during transport, including emergency procedures like intubation. In addition, for Covid-19 patients, the adjustable backrest is extremely important to keep coughing at a minimum. However, it was the fact that the EpiShuttle is re-usable, making it the most cost-efficient product on the market, which made us decide on the EpiShuttle», says Janet Busse.

Kewatiin Air is using the aircraft PC-12.

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Keewatin Air

Photo: Keewatin Air LP

«We found the EpiShuttle to have unparalleled features.»

Janet Busse, Executive Director of Medical Operations at Keewatin Air

Photo: Air Alliance Medflight GmbH

«Even in harsh weather and difficult situations, we are able to operate safely»

Through both sandstorms and looming thunder, severely ill patients have been safely transported all over the world by Air Alliance Medflight.

Inside their jets is the medical isolation and transportation unit, EpiShuttle, which is perfectly suited for longer trips with infected patients.

«As of now, almost 20 percent of all our patients are infected with Covid-19, and the EpiShuttle has become an important component in our range of medical competencies», says Eva Kluge, Chief Commercial Officer, in Air Alliance Medflight.

Air Alliance Medflight chose the EpiShuttle to give their patients the best possible care. Among other things, the comfort and reduced feeling of constriction for the patients inside the EpiShuttle were important reasons. In addition, the possibility to give the patient treatment without contaminating the environment.

«The restrictions have become a big challenge and are often very time-consuming. Luckily, our crew and medical staff are well trained for different scenarios. Even in harsh weather and difficult situations, we are able to operate safely and give our patients the support and treatment they need during the flight», says Eva Kluge, Chief Commercial Officer, in Air Alliance Medflight.

«There are big differences between different portable medical isolation units produced. The demand from our patients and the medical quality have led us to opt for the EpiShuttle. It is better than earlier models and gives our medical crew new and decisive features», explains Kluge.

Air Alliance Medflight is using the aircraft Challenger 604.

Air Alliance Medflight

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Photo: Air Alliance Medflight GmbH

«Even in harsh weather and difficult situations, we are able to operate safely and give our patients the support and treatment they need during the flight.»

Eva Kluge, Chief Commercial Officer, in Air Alliance Medflight

Photo: Luxembourg Air Rescue