The single patient isolation pods are now in service with the British Royal Air Force, the Royal Norwegian Air Force, the Royal Danish Air Force and the German Air Ambulance DRF. The three Air Forces and the German Air Ambulance have all deployed the pods during the last week. The EU-supported EpiShuttle was developed by doctors and engineers by the Norwegian company EpiGuard.
Ellen Cathrine Andersen, CEO of Epi Guard, said: “An ambulance or aircraft would normally require two to four hours of disinfection between every transport. Isolation pods reduce the need for disinfecting the ambulance, protecting both the crew and the next patient from being infected.
“Single patient isolation systems increase the capacity of our healthcare system by making evacuations and transport between hospitals more effective. The EpiShuttle allows patients to receive treatment during the evacuation while protecting the crew.”