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Tyrol Air Ambulance Now Transports COVID-19 Patients

Tyrol Air Ambulance can now also transport patients suffering from most infectious diseases, e.g. COVID-19.

Isolation units especially adapted by Air Ambulance Technology (https://www.airambulancetechnology.com) for our ambulance fleet of Citation Bravo and Gulfstream 100 aircraft is used for these transports. The insulation system works with negative pressure, which reduce the germ load and minimizes the risk of a contamination of the environment.

Everyone, from small to large can be safely transported in this isolation chamber, including intensive care patients. In the isolation unit even babies and infants in an incubator can also be transferred safely and without medical restrictions. The company's incubator is used for such pediatric transports.

"With the possibility of transporting infectious patients, we are well prepared for the summer now that travel restrictions are lifted", says Manfred Helldoppler, Managing Director of Tyrol Air Ambulance. "The need for repatriations of COVID-19 patients is very likely to increase with the rising volume of travel activities," Helldoppler continues.

Tyrol Air Ambulance operates a fleet of seven ambulance jets for worldwide medical repatriations and runs a 24-hour Operations Control Center at Innsbruck Airport.

Photo credits: Copyright Tyrol Air Ambulance.

Photo 1: Isolation unit of Tyrol Air Ambulance.

Photo 2: Isolation unit on board the air ambulance jet of Tyrol Air Ambulance.

 

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COVID-19: Air Alliance Launches Modern Isolation Transport Unit “EpiShuttle”

Air Alliance has announced that they have added another important component to their medical competence spectrum. After thorough crew training, their state-of-the-art transport insulation system "EpiShuttle" is now ready for take off!

Air Alliance Medical director Dr. Gert Muurling explains what it is all about.

When are isolation units used in ambulance flights?

In principle, most infectious patients can be easily transported if there is sufficient distance. However, this distance does not exist in most ambulance aircraft. In addition, the forward ventilation would endanger the pilots in smaller jets. If they also had to put on protective clothing with a mask, communication with the air traffic controllers would only be possible to a limited extent. To avoid these problems, we have purchased an isolation unit (EpiShuttle). This enables us to transport any infectious patient - including CoVID-19 patients and even patients with hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola. The protective clothing is for our crews is only required when loading and unloading the patient.

What is the EpiShuttle and what are its advantages?

EpiShuttle is a modular, reusable insulation system. The system was developed by anesthesiologists / intensive care physicians from the University Hospital of Oslo for the transport of high-risk operations and of patients with multi-resistant pathogens. The EpiShuttle offers significantly more comfort for patients than other systems on the market thanks to a more spacious interior, more distance for the patient from the hard plastic hood, multi-adjustable stretcher and more width. The system can also be used on long-haul routes.

For us clinicians, other features are of course crucial: the perfect assessment of the patient through the hood, the built-in sealing membrane openings for cables and lines as well as a separate access for the ventilation system make treatment and monitoring of the patient from the outside possible. Disinfection is also straightforward.

In case of infectious patients, the system works with negative pressure: air is sucked in through a filter system at the head end and blown off via filter at the foot end. Conversely, you can also work with overpressure to protect immunosuppressed patients.

What is the maximum number of contagious patients that can be transported on one flight?

In general, infectious patients with different pathogens should not be transported together. However, for the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is primarily one and the same virus. This defuses the situation. If patients are located in different isolation units, there is no danger. This way, we can safely transport two infection patients in the same jet with two isolation units on our Challenger 604.

Are companions allowed on EpiShuttle flights?

From the space available in the Challenger 604, it would be possible to take one or two companions along. However, one has to assume that accompanying persons on site also had closer contact with the patient and could therefore themselves be contaminated. Therefore, I consider it critical to take family members on such flights because they pose a risk to our staff. Here we decide in individual cases.

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Air Alliance Joins International Assistance Group As Accredited Service Provider

Reflecting the needs of travel insurers and their medical assistance providers, with three strategically placed European bases in Germany, the UK and Austria, Air Alliance provide technically supported platforms for their impressive fleet of 11 pre-configured air ambulances.

A variety of Learjets forms a core which quickly covers Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. An experienced planning team and availability of pilots will extend the range to North and South America, the Caribbean, southern Africa and Asia.

Rarely found in Europe are two dedicated Challenger 604s air ambulance aircraft with a maximum capacity of up to three stretchers. These modern ultra-long-haul with a range of some 3,700 nm (6,850 km) are deployed where distance demands or additional medical personnel required due to the complexity of care needs, such as delicate spinal injuries or ECMO. The Challenger 604 is also used for the transport of bariatric (“XXL”) cases with more than 130 kg body weight and patients with heavy infections. As part of their ongoing transport solutions development, Air Alliance is currently preparing the launch of their PMIU “epishuttle, a hi-tech, solid-shell isolation chamber which can also be used for COVID-19 patients on the Challenger 604.

Winning the coveted Air Ambulance of the Year Award in 2017 and 2018 from the International Travel Insurance Journal (ITIJ), Air Alliance also maintains ongoing auditable accreditations with EURAMI, the European Air Safety Agency and the UK’s Care Quality Commission. The focus on delivering excellence is drawn together with IQSMS, their bespoke cloud-based quality and safety management system.

Delivering care at all levels to every group is a pool of 120 medics, covering Advanced Life Support, ECMO, bariatric and neonatal, amongst other disciplines. Three medical directors lead on quality and governance, with the remarkable combined experience and current relevance in senior hospital roles as part of their professional portfolios.

Licensed to provide aero medical training, Air Alliance openly shares its extensive experience through an Aeromedical Academy. Access by other companies and organisations is currently planned.

Quick Air Alliance Facts

Aircraft fleet

  • Challenger 604 x 2

  • Learjet 35 x 7

  • Learjet 31 x 1

  • Learjet 45 x 1 (Coming soon)

Staff total of 127

  • Pilots 43

  • Management/administration/medical 46

  • Technical 38 

Operational 2019

  • Flight hours 7000

  • Missions 925

  • Countries covered 103

Awards and accreditations

  • ITIJ Air Ambulance of the Year 2017 and 2018

  • EURAMI

  • EASA (European Air Safety Agency): Part 145 and Part 21 J

  • CQC (Care Quality Commission, UK Regulator and Auditor)

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Quick Air Adds The 3rd Modern And Efficient Learjet 45XR To Its Fleet

German carrier Quick Air recently received its third Learjet 45XR expanding their air ambulance fleet to 11 dedicated air ambulance aircraft.

The new aircraft (callsign D-CQAC) (Fig.1) has been converted to a flying ICU by Quick Airs own Part 145 maintenance facility ASK-Air Service Klausheide. With the experience of the first two Learjet 45XR (D-CQAA & D-CQAB), which were added in 2018, the whole cabin conversion (pictured below) could be accomplished in-house, strategically planned as a conversion package including the installation of a Lifeport PLUS double stretcher system and an individually designed three-part medical equipment mounting system.

With the new cabin layout a transport of two intensive care patients with two full medical teams including two flight physicians and two flight nurses could be possible which makes this aircraft beneficial efficient. In another cabin configuration with only one stretcher on board up to seven passengers are able to fly beside the patient.

An additional benefit of this aircraft is the outer baggage compartment which can easily offer space for up to five suitcases, a wheelchair or a rollator. The Quick Air Team is proud of their latest achievements.

“We focus on a modern, efficient and well-structured fleet and will continue to invest in its fundamental renewal. This will enable Quick Air to continue to offer a leading product quality and at the same time fly even more economically. Modern aircraft and state-of-the-art medical equipment are an investment in patient safety and in the operational efficiency of the fleet” says Georg Griesemann, Deputy Manager of Quick Air.

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Air Ambulance Emergency Medical Flights Now Taking Off For Aeromedevac Air Ambulance

Anyone who finds him or herself in the remote regions of the US and Mexico, especially those participating in one of the many popular but risky events in the area such as off-road races, they can breathe easier knowing that in case of emergency medical help is right there with them because Aeromedevac is now providing emergency air ambulance medical flights to all locations in Mexico.

Aeromedevac is a California-based air ambulance service company that provides medical flights and other air transport medical services for patients. Organizers of numerous high-profile events have hired the company with an eye toward the safety of participants and spectators alike in case of medical emergencies.

Founded in 1992, Aeromedevac has established itself as a leader in air ambulance service with a strong commitment to service and safety for its patients and their families. For the past two decades they have been providing fixed wing air ambulance transport service as well as international stretcher service, ground transport and coordination of logistical needs for adult and pediatric patients whose injury or illness can not be properly treated locally. Their regard for patients and families and overall professionalism garnered the attention of event organizers in need of standby emergency medical support in remote settings.

SCORE International, the off-road racing organizer, chose Aeromedevac as its official air ambulance provider, and the highly trained medical flight crews and pilots have provided medical support for all major SCORE events over the past fifteen years, including the Baja 1000 race.

Aeromedevac's air ambulance teams have recently provided their expert medical support for cycling races such as the Rosarito-Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride and for many films shot at Fox Baja Studios, including the mega-blockbuster hit Titanic.

GMC and Volvo have also hired Aeromedevac to provide medical support and air ambulance service for several major media events.

Besides the roster of flashier clients, Aeromedevac still arranges medical flight services to individual patients and their families, which is what helped them become the most trusted medical team in the skies. Aeromedevac maintains a fleet of fixed-wing aircraft that are medically configured for optimal patient care and comfort. The aircraft are specially equipped for their medical crews to facilitate patients with emergency medical needs such as organ transplants, cancer treatment, burn care, specialized surgery, advanced head and spinal cord injury and many other medical situations. Patients' insurance will very often cover the cost of air ambulance service.

Aeromedevac is a founding member of the International Air Ambulance Alliance - Fixed Wing (IAAA), which helps maintain business transparency for insurers and individuals as well as helps maintain high professional standards of fixed wing air ambulance providers.

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Aon Calls On U.S. Government To Extend Expiring Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

Aon plc, today called on the U.S. government to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, saying that TRIA remains the best solution for handling the terrorism insurance exposure in the U.S. The program—developed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks—created a federal backstop to ensure the availability of risk coverage offered through private markets in the event of a large-scale terrorist attack.

As a result, the primary insurance industry has been able to provide affordable terrorism insurance coverage to U.S. businesses across all industries. TRIA has enhanced the private market for such coverage and has had a stabilizing influence on the economy overall. In its written comment to the U.S. Treasury Department, Aon advised that renewal of TRIA will ensure the continuation of a functional market for commercial property and casualty terrorism coverage.

“Today’s successful terrorism risk marketplace relies on the TRIA program. TRIA minimizes price volatility and coverage uncertainty. This makes TRIA reauthorization imperative for our country and the economy,” said Aaron Davis, a managing director with Aon Risk Solutions, the firm’s global risk management business. “Should the program expire, Aon’s market intelligence suggests that more than 85 percent of insurers will no longer continue to insure terrorism risk. Ultimately, in the unfortunate event of a large-scale attack, the U.S. government would face the full burden of the associated costs of said terrorism.”

Ed Ryan, a senior managing director with Aon Benfield, the firm’s global reinsurance business, said, “The main hurdle in assessing and underwriting terrorism risk is that the frequency of loss from terrorism is neither predictable nor random. Therefore, terrorism insurance is unlike any other marketplace risk. The uncertainty surrounding terror risk makes insurance coverage unique and this requires a novel approach.”

Aon’s call for the TRIA extension came when Aon responded to the Treasury Department’s request for comment on the long-term availability and affordability of TRIA, which is set to expire Dec. 31, 2014.

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MedCareProfessional GmbH

We offer national and international transport, the patient gently and quickly as possible for our clients with superior cost and reliable. Our professional staff and our cars are in front of our headquarters location 24 hours. Thus, we guarantee short response times, economic calculations and reliable quality. Whether intensive transport, ambulance or return flights, all the way patients are cared for by our highly qualified medical staff with modern equipment. We are available around the clock - and also likes to help.

MedCare Professional provides Ground Ambulance and Air Ambulance Services to the International Travel, Medical, Health, Expatriate Insurance and Assistance Marketplace.

MCP is a leading medical transportation services provider and offers national and international patient transport. We operate reliably and economically with leading insurance companies, hospitals and groups together, our team has won several awards for its outstanding quality.

MedCareProfessional is as the name of the program: Only highly qualified medical staff takes care of the patient, our equipment is many-to-date national and international certifications out for us self-evident proof of our own standard of quality - as a guarantee for our customers and their own motivation. You can rely on us. Always.

Operations center

The operations center is the heart and the hub of our company: This is where all the information here makes the team together between uses. In the center offers will be created to advise people in emergencies, international missions planned, conducted exploratory conversations, solutions found and coordinated operations. From the first contact ask our staff all the necessary information to determine together with the respective client that's right for the patient Transportmodalität. 24 hours a day medical staff are on hand to take on missions to counsel patients and to make medical inquiries as members. Our ground ambulances, mobile intensive care and ambulance and commercial aircraft, we help injured and sick people with professional help all over the world. We work on all transport routes and in Auslandsrückholdienst, anytime, anywhere.

Company: MedCareProfessional GmbH

Address: Kerkenbusch 15 45529 Hattingen / Ruhr

Tel: +49 (0) 2324 - 919980

Fax: +49 (0) 2324 - 9199820

Serviceline: +49 (0) 700 555 00 100

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: http://www.medcareprofessional.com

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MedCareProfessional GmbH

We offer national and international transport, the patient gently and quickly as possible for our clients with superior cost and reliable. Our professional staff and our cars are in front of our headquarters location 24 hours. Thus, we guarantee short response times, economic calculations and reliable quality. Whether intensive transport, ambulance or return flights, all the way patients are cared for by our highly qualified medical staff with modern equipment. We are available around the clock - and also likes to help.

MedCare Professional provides Ground Ambulance and Air Ambulance Services to the International Travel, Medical, Health, Expatriate Insurance and Assistance Marketplace.

MCP is a leading medical transportation services provider and offers national and international patient transport. We operate reliably and economically with leading insurance companies, hospitals and groups together, our team has won several awards for its outstanding quality.

MedCareProfessional is as the name of the program: Only highly qualified medical staff takes care of the patient, our equipment is many-to-date national and international certifications out for us self-evident proof of our own standard of quality - as a guarantee for our customers and their own motivation. You can rely on us. Always.

Operations center

The operations center is the heart and the hub of our company: This is where all the information here makes the team together between uses. In the center offers will be created to advise people in emergencies, international missions planned, conducted exploratory conversations, solutions found and coordinated operations. From the first contact ask our staff all the necessary information to determine together with the respective client that's right for the patient Transportmodalität. 24 hours a day medical staff are on hand to take on missions to counsel patients and to make medical inquiries as members. Our ground ambulances, mobile intensive care and ambulance and commercial aircraft, we help injured and sick people with professional help all over the world. We work on all transport routes and in Auslandsrückholdienst, anytime, anywhere.

Company: MedCareProfessional GmbH

Address: Kerkenbusch 15 45529 Hattingen / Ruhr

Tel: +49 (0) 2324 - 919980

Fax: +49 (0) 2324 - 9199820

Serviceline: +49 (0) 700 555 00 100

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: http://www.medcareprofessional.com

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Augsburg Air Ambulance

Augsburg Air Ambulance is a leading provider of worldwide air ambulance flights and medical assistance services. The Augsburg Air Ambulance central flight dispatch centre, located in Germany, manages and administrates International Air Ambulance missions and commercial medical escorts, that are conducted by the Learjet 55, King Air 200, Learjet 35a, Challenger and Boeing 737. Augsburg Air Ambulance transports ICU patients hospital to hospital on an international scale with the full support of an international network of ground ambulance providers, hospitals and clinics. Complimented and supported by an in house team of paramedics and physicians Augsburg Air Ambulance delivers services in traditional and hard to reach remote areas including Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia and Sudan. 

Company: Augsburg Air Ambulance

Address: Daimlerstr. 9 D-86368 Gersthofen. Germany

Phone: +49 821 299 1020

Fax: +49 821 299 2030

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Website: http://www.ambulanzflugdienst.de

 

 

 

 

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