The ambulance is decontaminating crews and equipment with specially prepared water containing salt and electricity, which instantly kills 99.99 per cent of bacteria, fungi and viruses.
A dry ‘fog’ created from electrolyzed saline water is released inside a tent into which anything that needs treating is placed. The environmentally friendly system is non-toxic, non-corrosive and leaves no harmful residues. Electrolyzed water is not new technology. It is used in the food industry and for water treatment.
EHAAT’s crews are using the fogging system at the end of every shift, and after every mission. It is in use at the charity’s airbases at North Weald and Earls Colne.
Supporting the NHS while responding to normal workload
Stuart Elms, Clinical Director at EHAAT, said: “I’m delighted that we can add this extra layer of decontamination to our already strong measures of infection prevention and control. We will continue to look for ways to increase the safety of our patients and crews.”
The charity is working hard to keep patients, staff, volunteers and supporters safe and has been working with the East of England NHS Ambulance Trust to ensure EHAAT’s frontline patient-facing staff are all vaccinated against the virus.
Since 4 January, EHAAT has been assisting with the transfer of some Covid-19 patients between hospitals, whilst continuing to respond to the charity’s normal workload of medical emergencies, cardiac arrests, road traffic collisions and serious injuries.