Canada launches EpiShuttles in the fight against the corona virus

posted on 17th November 2020 by Eddie Saunders

With the EpiShuttles in place, the medivac services providers can perform patient monitoring and full intensive care of infected patients during air, sea and land transport.

Canadian healthcare workers and first responders are making an admirable effort transporting patients while putting their own health on the line. We hope that the EpiShuttle will make their job safer and patient transport easier, Ellen Cathrine Andersen,” CEO of EpiGuard says.

In case of a local outbreak, Keewatin Air can with their EpiShuttles offer fast and safe transport, even from remote locations. The aircraft PC-12, is widely used in the north, where its short takeoff and landing capabilities make it able to service the smallest and remote communities with modest airstrips. This includes missions to Alert which is the most northerly community in Canada and the world at latitude 82 degrees about 800 miles from the North pole.

Keewatin Air is subsidiary of a larger group of airlines owned by Exchange Income Corporation and operates a variety of aircraft within the group, with that Keewatin Air is also working on certificates to do mass evacuations with EpiShuttles in ATRs and Dash 8s as well. In hotspots with Covid-19 outbreaks, patients need transport to places with available ICU capacity. Only when safe transport is in place can Canada utilize the full capacity of the entire health care system and ensure treatment for everyone.

We found the EpiShuttle to have unparalleled features. The EpiShuttle allows patient monitoring and full intensive care treatment during transport, including emergency procedures like intubation and insertion of central venous catheters. In addition, for Covid-19 patients, the adjustable backrest is extremely important to keep coughing at a minimum. However, it was the fact that the EpiShuttle is re-usable, making it the most cost efficient product on the market, which made us decide on the EpiShuttle,” says Janet Busse.