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The current COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for everyone, in particular for us as rescue and patient transport service. Our air rescue bases in Birrfeld, Balzers and Andorra continue to provide medical emergency care. Our ground-based patient transport service also makes a daily contribution to the medical care of many Swiss people.

 

Separate rescue helicopter for infectious patients
AAA Alpine Air Ambulance has put an intensive care transport helicopter specially equipped and suitable for SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 transports in Switzerland into operation on 16 March 2020 with the name LIONS 3. The helicopter is visible and directly alarmable for the connected emergency medical services. The helicopter is kept in daytime operation at the Limmattal hospital, whom we thank for the possibility of the location and the support.

Patient Isolation System developed
Bag DEFThe AAA-Crew has developed a specific Patient Isolation System for the transport of patients with a confirmed or suspected infection with SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 / Corona Virus. This leak-proof transport system, equipped with appropriate safety valves, serves to minimize the risk of contamination. The Patient Isolation System is already been in use at the AAA for 10 days and is now requested by other rescue services.

Obligation to wear masks
Both the AAA Alpine Air Ambulance and the AP3 Air Rescue are well equipped for the transport of patients with infectious diseases. Increased safety measures have now applied. Since 20 March 2020, all company employees have been required to wear masks. Rescue helicopters, transport vehicles and equipment are already comprehensively disinfected after each mission.

Protective coverings in case of suspicion or illness
In the event of suspected or confirmed Covid-19 infection in a patient, the protective measures are further increased: Both, the crews and the patient wear special protective coatings in this case. The crews of the AAA Alpine Air Ambulance as well as the AP3 Luftrettung have been intensively trained in this regard over the past few days.

Patient transport service
All patient transport drivers of AAA Alpine Air Ambulance are currently working in standby duty and are ready for action within a short time. These transport teams have also been trained in the past few days on the safety standards for SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 transports or suspected cases.

Task force formed
The management of AAA Alpine Air Ambulance and AP3 Luftrettung has set up a task force to deal with the pandemic. The task force analyses the situation several times a day and coordinates with the authorities and the emergency medical services. In accordance with the applicable hygiene rules for employers, «social distancing» applies to all employees. Furthermore, shift work is now also planned in fixed working groups.

 

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