Finland ups Pandemic and CBRNe Preparedness with EpiShuttles
Finland is investing into safety!
Five university hospitals in Finland have now implemented EpiShuttles as a crucial tool for preparedness. The procurement of nine EpiShuttles was financed by the Government and steered by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
“We are implementing a highly efficient tool to transport patients with highly contagious disease, or chemical, biological, or other contamination necessitating isolation. The single patient isolation and transport unit is designed to provide maximum public safety while allowing critical care and treatment to be performed on the contaminated patient inside. The unit can be used for patient transport through air, land, and sea in collaboration with the Finnish Border Guard and Defence Force units when needed, keeping society safe.”Tom Silfvast, Chief Medical Officer at the Preparedness Unit at Helsinki University Hospital
Finnish Hospitals are now prepared to quickly react in case of a pandemic or outbreak of a highly infectious disease like Ebola, Monkeypox, or MERS occurs.
“With this new technology we stand better prepared for a new pandemic. Contagious patient logistics are complicated. Finland has a lot of remote areas, and transporting contagious patients fast over long distances, into hospitals for treatment is a severe challenge. Time consuming disinfection procedures of helicopters, aircraft and ambulances after each transport threaten capacity. Not knowing what comes next, the EpiShuttle is our best option. We now stand ready to deploy if needed.”Sanna Hoppu, Associate Professor and Chief Physician at Tampere University Hospital
EpiGuard is proud to see the EpiShuttle has been widely adopted as a necessary tool for easing the pandemic pressures. Alongside Finland, the unit is also used in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Norway, UK, etc. for both intrahospital and interhospital transport of contagious patients.
As a part of the constant customer support, EpiGuard provides detailed live and online training with EpiShuttles for healthcare professionals and team members to get hands-on experience with the unit. Equipped, trained, and experienced healthcare professionals make the entire healthcare system work more efficiently therefore saves more lives.