The year 2020 has been a difficult one, bringing to the fore issues that otherwise seemed foreign and distant to us. Serious and rapidly spreading viral infections came and will probably remain a part of our daily lives for a long time to come. Covid-19, SARS, MERS, Ebola, MRSA are very serious diseases that can reach Estonia very quickly. This should raise the question of how we can minimize risks and protect healthy people and those who come into direct contact with patients with the disease. One party is personal protective equipment, but its use is still limited or impossible in some cases. Often, sick patients have to be transported from one hospital to another or within a hospital. Is there anything we can do to make medical transportation safer?
Medical transport of patients with infectious diseases
Due to globalization, communicable diseases may move faster and last longer than before. The risk of disease transmission certainly increases during transport. When SARS-CoV-2 virus spread, hospitals and healthcare professionals followed standard immediate isolation procedures. However, in high demand, these procedures only worked for a short time, as the number of available beds decreased rapidly and the need to transport patients to other hospitals increased.
In the case of medical transport, healthcare professionals must also take into account risks other than the risk of disease transmission. The length of the shift can affect the concentration of healthcare professionals and cause fatigue, as they cannot eat or drink during transport. When transferring a patient to another medical team, they must be careful in deciding who is responsible for patient safety and infection control. Another challenge is the availability of qualified staff and vehicles, as the supply of vehicles in hospitals is limited and disinfection requires a lot of resources. Therefore, it would be prudent to use isolated patients during transport to isolate patients with the virus.
Risk of infection for helicopter crews
Last month, DRF Luftrettung published the results of a study on the potential risk to the helicopter crew of transporting an infectious patient. The study consists of 16 field trials on board the Eurocopter EC145 and EC135 - 11 on the ground and five in the air - in collaboration with the German Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control Center (BZH) in Freiburg. Their conclusions were as follows: “In general, tests showed that a patient who breathes spontaneously is at risk of spreading pathogens not only in the cabin but also in the cockpit. […] In the worst case, there was a high probability that the pathogens would not only fall on the entire cabin surface, but would also spread to the cabin if there is no partition. If there was a partition, the particles landed on it. "
Possible solution - Epishuttle
In Norway, in 2015, the world's unique hardcover insulator frame EpiShuttle was developed in cooperation with the University Hospital of Oslo and private investors. The developed product is intended for all possible bottlenecks that may occur during medical transport (land, air, sea). To date, more than 200 insulators have been produced, which are doing their job successfully around the world. The product has been approved by both users and the WHO. It is possible to create both overpressure and underpressure in the device, to put a respirator, consumables, etc.
Epishuttle is CE certified and is a Class I medical device. The product complies with the EN1789 standard and has successfully passed various tests: EMS, vibration, falls, etc.
The vehicle does not require disinfection after patient transport, saving valuable time and resources. This means that a means of transport (such as a helicopter or ambulance) can be used immediately after the patient is taken. Healthcare professionals can also make longer exchanges.
Example: A team in Denmark has used EpiShuttle a lot to transport patients. In one case, they could not use the device (because the patient was very predominant). After transporting the patient, the team (which included 5 hygienists) had to spend 6.5 hours disinfecting the helicopter. At that time, it could not be used as intended.
The device is extremely patient-friendly and the reclining position can be moved quite a lot.
The patient can be connected to a variety of devices through airtight gates while monitoring and treating.
Helicopter pilots cannot fly with personal protective equipment. The report refers to the risk of the spread of pathogens in the cockpit. When using an insulator, there is no need to use personal protective equipment.
Healthcare professionals can make longer shifts, as they do not have to wear protective equipment during transport and there is no later need to disinfect the vehicle.
Where is EpiShuttle used
EpiShuttle has a large number of users around the world. To name a few:
DRF Luftrettung, which has transported many patients. Including from France and Italy to German hospitals where Covid patients can be treated.
FAI Air Ambulance, which has operated more than 50 shipments worldwide - including from South America, Africa and Asia to Europe
The Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Danish Air Force, both of which use EpiShuttle for Covid transport to support health agencies.
Scanmed Group OÜ is the official representative of EpiShuttle in Estonia.
If you have additional questions, please contact our product manager Martin Tõrv (email@example.com) or CEO Aigar Terasmaa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Novak-M ZeroG therapy chair
Novak-M ZeroG therapy chair provides first-class comfort for long-term patients - eg dialysis. The upholstery of the therapy chair is made of high-quality foam, which fully supports the body and prevents overheating and sweating. With the "cloud" button on the hand control, the chair can be easily adjusted to the ZeroG position, and this position reduces the tension on the patient's muscles and joints during longer treatment.
The handset has a wide range of smart and simple functions that are extremely easy to handle for both the healthcare professional and the patient. The patient chair can be set to the ZeroG position, a sitting position or a fully reclining position. In an emergency, the chair can be quickly moved to the Trendelenburg position. All sections of the chair can be adjusted simultaneously.
The ZeroG chair is made of an extra strong PU cover that is durable and easy to clean.
See also https://www.novak-m.com/product-presentation/therapy-chair-zerog-luxury/
or assemble a suitable chair here and send a pdf to our furniture category product manager for more information: https://www.novak-m.com/configurator/therapy-chair-zerog-luxury/
There is a ZeroG Luxury chair in our sample room, if you are interested, write to our product manager and we can bring you a sample for testing!
World novelty by MAVIG: “BRYGGA®” – Shoulder Weight Relief for Apron Users
We are pleased to announce that our good partner Mavig has entered the market with an innovative product for all users of radiation aprons. BRYGGA® shoulder weight relief significantly reduces physical strain and muscle tension on the shoulders. The product is made of light and durable carbon fiber. The product is very easy to install and maintain. Scanmed has demo products in sizes S / M and L.
Cybernet medical computer
Cybernet medical computer is
Antimicrobial and IP65 class
Runs on replaceable batteries for up to 16 hours
Possibility to use as a power source for other devices (eg printer)
There are screens of different diameters to choose from
A tablet solution is also available
As a mobile solution, the computer can be used on a trolley with various accessories (baskets, drawers, etc.)
Completely quiet device
Works with windows operating system
We have both a tablet computer and a medical computer as a demo device on the transport trolley.
Strobel&Walter balance board
The Strobel & Walter Balance Board is an innovative and exciting way to make your training experience more exciting! In addition to functionality, it is also a very good design element!
The Strobel & Walter website has smart ideas for home use, therapy, yoga classes and group workouts in sports clubs.
We have a balance table as a demo product!