From mid-March to the end of June alone, the ‘flying yellow angels’ went on around 450 corona missions. ADAC Luftrettung is the first rescue service organization in Germany to receive this certificate. So far, there are only a few companies nationwide that even carry the seal of quality. It can now be seen on all ADAC rescue helicopters.
Hygiene standards were thoroughly examined
The test team from TÜV Hessen examined 11 of the 37 ADAC air rescue stations - a significantly larger number of random samples than usual. The check started at the end of July at the air rescue station in Jena. Leipzig, Zwickau, Fulda, Mainz, Dinkelsbühl, Augsburg, Munich, Berlin, Senftenberg and Ochsenfurt followed.
Based on the currently valid pandemic requirements of the Robert Koch Institute, it assessed how ADAC Luftrettung implemented the hygiene and protective measures in practice. Together with industry-specific requirements, a checklist of more than 100 points was processed. In addition, interviews lasting several hours with an extensive questionnaire were conducted on the wards.
The seal confirms a high standard
The behavior in real rescue operations under full protection with overalls, gloves, FFP2 mask and protective goggles, as well as distance rules and communication was also examined. Additionally, the auditors evaluated the hygiene management of the cleaning and ventilation of the ward, the disinfection of uniforms and the cleaning and washing processes.
"The seal of quality confirms our high safety standard for infection protection transports and rewards the hard work on the corona front," explained Frédéric Bruder, Managing Director of ADAC Air Rescue. “The crews and employees of ADAC Air Rescue have achieved extraordinary things since the outbreak of the pandemic around the clock - on the stations, in the shipyards, in the simulator center, in the headquarters, and from the home office.”