EpiShuttle helps protect health care professional from the corona virus

The EpiShuttle is a single patient isolation unit and transport system, in use worldwide. NHS has EpiShuttles available, to protect both health care professionals and patients.

280 EpiShuttles are now in use on all continents, transporting Covid-19 patients.

“The healthcare professionals’ safety must be a top priority. In a healthcare system strained beyond its capacity, the EpiShuttle keeps the patient absolutely isolated, providing safer transport, for patients”

Ellen, EpiGuard CEO

The airliner FAI is amongst the most frequent flyers of the Epishuttle, with almost 100 missions, bringing covid-19 patients to hospitals. Volker Lemke, who heads up FAI´s Air Ambulance Division says:

“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.”

FAI has performed flights of covid-19 patients in 47 countries with single-patient isolation and transport system EpiShuttle. Photo: FAI

German DRF Luftrettung, one of the largest air rescue organizations in Europe, are transporting patients from coronavirus hotspots to hospitals with available capacity. Dr Gerhild Gruner, Head of Critical Care in DRF Luftrettung in an interview with Sky News stated:

“It is a national problem for us here, as well as in France. There are hotspots spread across the country. Some hospitals have beds available in ICUs, and others are already full.”

The EpiShuttle protects the surroundings, including professionals, from a contagious patient and it is also used the other way around – to protect a vulnerable patient from the contaminated environment. This way, contagious patients situated in isolation wards can be safely transported to other parts of the hospital for treatment or tests, without the risk of infecting staff or other patients.

When using the EpiShuttle, there is no need to disinfect hallways, elevators or other areas through which the patient has been transported. This applies both to highly infectious diseases and patients with other infections, such as measles, tuberculosis, or multi-resistant bacteria.

Due to positive pressure mode, the EpiShuttle protects vulnerable patients from the environment around them. Burn victims and patients recovering from cancer treatment, for example, are particularly susceptible to airborne pathogens, including MRSA, which are filtered by the EpiShuttle ventilation system.

Main advantages of the EpiShuttle:

  • Dual protection system: The pressure modes can be set to either protect the environment from the infected patient or protect the patient from contaminants in the environmental air. It complies with all levels of transmission-based precautions; standard, contact, droplet and/or airborne.
  • Less PPE during transport: Once the patient is loaded in the EpiShuttle, medical staff don’t have to wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the transport of highly infectious patients. This allows for longer shifts and reduces the risk of making mistakes due to fatigue or reduced situational awareness.
  • On-site medical and intensive care: EpiShuttle is equipped with medical ports for connecting IV lines, oxygen lines and monitoring cables, as well as providing mechanical ventilation to the patient. The intensive care system allows the health personnel to monitor, medicate, and give treatment to the patient without direct exposure.
  • Reusable: The device is simple to clean and disinfect for multiple uses and is easily disassembled and assembled without the use of any tools.

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