The EpiShuttle has been designed specifically for safe and easy use during to transportation of infectious patients. In addition to highly infectious diseases like Ebola, SARS, and MERS, the EpiShuttle is suitable for transport of patients with other infections, such as measles, tuberculosis, or multi-resistant bacteria.
In 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.
Adapters are available for several leading stretcher brands and universal brackets ensure safe fixation regardless of stretcher or vehicle type. Vehicles do not have to be disinfected after patient transport with the EpiShuttle, saving time and money and ensuring that they can remain in operation as much as possible.
The EpiShuttle is CE 1789 compliant and used for pre-hospital transportation of suspected cases of highly infectious diseases, and transportation of highly infectious patients between hospitals.
The EpiShuttle has undergone vibration testing and NATO standard decompression testing to ensure suitability for both fixed wing and rotor wing air ambulances
Contagious patients in isolation wards can be 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.
The EpiShuttle can play an important part in the preparedness procedures in case of outbreak of highly contagious disease. The National CBRNE Centre or Medicine in Norway, for example, has deployed the EpiShuttle to all five (5) university hospitals in the country.
The EpiShuttle can also be used in positive pressure mode to transport healthy citizens safely through areas contaminated by chemical hazards.
In responding to humanitarian crises around the world, many international organizations operate in areas affected by outbreaks of contagious disease and even contaminated by chemical hazards. The EpiShuttle can be an important part of the response in both cases.
The World Health Organization (WHO) have a number of EpiShuttles in the Democratic Republic of Conge (DRC), where they have trained staff as part of their response to the Ebola crisis in the region. Amongst the use areas is repatriation of staff in case of infection.
Armed forces necessarily operate in dangerous areas, including those affected by outbreaks of highly contagious diseases. As such, it is vital to have solutions in place to ensure safe isolation and transport of potentially infected soldiers. The EpiShuttle is designed for use in airplanes and helicopters and can be used to transport from field hospitals to appropriate care facilities.
For transport of soldiers or civilians through areas potentially contaminated with chemical hazards, the EpiShuttle can be used in positive pressure mode to filter out any dangerous chemicals.
In positive pressure mode, the EpiShuttle is used to safely transport people through areas in which there is tear gas or smoke as a result of riots or demonstrations. The hard top will also protect against violence and blunt force from demonstrators and agitators.
In positive pressure mode, the EpiShuttle protects a vulnerable patient from the environment around them. Burn victims are particularly susceptible to airborne pathogens, including MRSA, which are filtered out by the EpiShuttle filtering and ventilation system.
With large crews or many passengers in close quarters, it is vitally important to be able to quickly isolate and treat potentially contagious patients before sickness or disease spreads – including common shipboard gastroenteritis outbreaks like norovirus. With the EpiShuttle, sick patients can be safely isolated and transported to medical facilities on land, without needing to disinfect the helicopter or ship/platform.
Large-scale mass gatherings such as the Olympic Games or World Expos attract visitors from all over the world, increasing the chances of an outbreak of communicable diseases such as SARS, MERS, Nipah and Ebola viruses, H5N1 avian influenza, and measles – just to name a few. Organizers and public health authorities in host countries must have robust outbreak response procedures in place, and the EpiShuttle can play an important role in this work.