COVID19 – Christoph München in action with EpiShuttle

COVID19 – Christoph München in action with EpiShuttle 20 May, 20, Source: DRF Luftrettung

Christoph München is another helicopter of the DRF Luftrettung equipped with a so-called “EpiShuttle”, a special insulation stretcher. The medical crews at the station have been trained in the past two days with instructions and training on how to use the system safely and practiced.
To protect patients and crews, the “Christoph Munich” intensive care helicopter, which is ready for use around the clock , was equipped yesterday with another special stretcher , a so-called “EpiShuttle” , as another helicopter from DRF Luftrettung . By using the stretcher, both the patient and the Munich air rescuer are optimally protected, and the crew can concentrate better on the patient’s medical care. In addition, the crews save valuable time and can very quickly make the helicopter available for operations again, since the particularly complex disinfection of the helicopter after operations with corona-infected individuals, but also other infectious patients, is not necessary.
The continued higher exposure to the Corona virus in southern Germany was decisive for us to use the next available EpiShuttle at our Munich station.
In addition to the 24-hour availability, the location of the state capital in southern Germany also spoke for it, ”explains Dr. Krystian Pracz , CEO of DRF Luftrettung.
Dr. med. Andreas Bayer, senior helicopter doctor at the Munich ward and senior physician at the Clinic for Anesthesiology at the University of Munich Clinic, emphasizes: “As a focus clinic for Covid-19 patients with lung failure, we repeatedly take over patients in a very critical condition from other intensive care units who are due to Due to the difficult course of expanding intensive care, including ECMO therapy, these patients need to be transported quickly and gently, sometimes over long distances. In this respect, we are happy to be equipped with an EpiShuttle. ”
The innovative EpiShuttle allows patients with highly infectious diseases, such as those with a corona infection, to be transported as in an isolation station: the patient lies under a transparent cover, can be connected to an intensive care ventilator via airtight access and can be monitored and treated at the same time. The medical crews at the wards were thoroughly familiarized with the EpiShuttle in advance, among other things through an extensive operational concept that takes a wide variety of scenarios into account. This means that the crews are able to carry out transports with the EpiShuttle in accordance with the highest safety standards if indicated.
The air rescue station Munich
The helicopter used at the Munich station is available 24 hours a day. The area of application of “Christoph Munich” includes intensive transports throughout southern Germany as well as emergency operations as required in Munich and the surrounding districts. The Munich station is the first in Germany to use night vision goggles since July 2009. The glasses attached to the pilot’s helmet intensify the residual light at night and thus offer the pilots very good visual orientation in the dark. A H 145 helicopter has been in use since 2015 .

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