9-Apr-2020 Source: DRF Luftrettung
The Civil Air Ambulance (AMB) intensive care helicopter, which is primarily provided for the transport of COVID-19 patients, has been in use for a good week. Last week, the helicopter was the first in the DRF fleet to be equipped with an EpiShuttle and has already completed its first operation with the special insulating stretcher: For therapeutic reasons, a 70-year-old woman was transferred from Schwäbisch-Hall to a Kassel hospital for further treatment .
DRF Luftrettung continues to invest in the protection of its patients and crews: Simultaneously with the purchase of a total of eleven EpiShuttles, the Civil Air Ambulance (AMB) intensive care helicopter based at Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden Airport has been a H145 helicopter since March 28, 2020 from the active fleet of the DRF Luftrettung, in action. Until further notice, Civil Air Ambulance is primarily intended for the transport of COVID-19 patients and was converted and made ready for use within just 36 hours. While his area of application is mainly the transport of COVID-19 patients from particularly badly affected regions abroad to further treatment clinics both at home and abroad, he is also used in Germany,
In accordance with our mission People.Life.Rescue , we became active within a very short time and made an additional helicopter ready for use with the Civil Air Ambulance.
Due to the specific application spectrum, the equipment of this intensive care helicopter for the rapid transfer of COVID-19 patients with one of the first available EpiShuttles was more than obvious, “explains Dr. Krystian Pracz , CEO of DRF Luftrettung.
With these extraordinary investments in this special time, the non-profit DRF Luftrettung also relies on support through donations. “For people and their lives – according to our promise to be there for them always and everywhere – we don’t hesitate for a second to act,” says Dr. Pracz continues. “We would be very happy if our donors and sponsors would support this special effort for the ‘decisive minutes’.”
To the background:
More and more people are infected with the new corona virus. The number of those who need to be treated in the hospital clearly increases with the number of infections. In order to survive, more and more patients are dependent on an intensive care bed with ventilation. Due to the regionally very different number of cases, the first clinics no longer have any free ventilation places, so that it is necessary to transfer affected patients.
DRF Luftrettung is able to fly patients with shortages quickly and under intensive care conditions to a clinic with a free ventilation bed. However, the transportation of people infected with Corona poses a particular risk to their own health for the crew, because the interior of the helicopters is narrow, and the pilot, emergency medic and emergency doctor are in direct contact with the patients. In addition, the crews have to disinfect the helicopter after such operations in a particularly complex manner. With the EpiShuttles, the DRF Luftrettung now has the opportunity to protect their crews as well as the patients more simply and much more effectively, thereby ensuring that they remain fully operational in the future.
The cost of an EpiShuttle is currently around 40,000 euros.