The help assure safe isolation and transportation of Ebola patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Norwegian government are providing three EpiShuttles to the World Health Organization (WHO). The EpiShuttle single-patient units have been developed in Norway by EpiGuard and make it possible to treat infected people while transporting them safely to isolation wards. In addition, a team of specialists from the Oslo University Hospital CBRN unit will give essential training in using the equipment.
“Norway is one of only a few countries in the world to have the equipment and expertise to transport highly infectious patients safely. The Government has therefore decided to donate units for single-patient transport, called the EpiShuttle, to DRC. We will also put together a team that can train personnel on behalf of WHO in the country.”
– Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services, Bent Høie.
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EpiGuard develops and manufactures high-end medical equipment for safe transport of contagious patients. The company holds top level expertise within product development and manufacturing, and the medical team have backgrounds ranging from intensive care, infectious diseases, internal medicine, anesthesiology through to transport medicine. The EpiShuttle is a single-patient isolation system, specially designed for optimal safety and numerous treatment options during patient loading and transport. The EpiShuttle is compatible with leading ambulance-stretcher undercarriage EMS systems.