The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has implemented 15 transparent pods, called EpiShuttles, to transport infectious patients by air.
The EpiShuttle is a single patient transport and isolation system, protecting both medical personnel and patients. It also allows for contagious patient treatment during transport, without the risk of infecting others.
Five EpiShuttles will go to RCAF’s primary search and rescue squadrons. The remaining ten devices are stationed at 8 Wing Trenton, ready to launch an evacuation of infectious patients.
“We have learnt a lot about emergency preparedness and the crucial role of safe patient transport from the pandemic,” says Ellen Cathrine Andersen, CEO of EpiGuard. “With the EpiShuttle there is no need for disinfecting vehicles. In addition, medical personnel do not need to wear full personal protective equipment while transporting highly contagious patients inside the EpiShuttle.”