Current transport standards

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a daily companion in the context of our ambulance flights. Therefore, FAI takes protective measures to protect the deployed crews, as well as other persons and facilities involved.

In general, a valid negative PCR test result, which is not older than 48 hours at the time of departure, is required for all patients and accompanying persons prior to a planned ambulance flight.

If a PCR test is not possible on site, under certain circumstances an antigen rapid test may be conducted by our medical team upon takeover of patients and accompanying persons as an alternative.

  • Symptomatic COVID-19 patients

    All non-ventilated patients with symptoms of a coronavirus infection are generally transported in a PMIU (EpiShuttle or IsoArk N-36-6). In cases with very mild symptoms, transportation may be carried out according to the FAI hygiene concept “Asymptomatic Patient”. This is considered and decided on a case-by-case basis.

    The decision to bring along accompanying persons is made individually based on the information available.

  • Ventilated patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection

    Ventilated patients (endotracheal tube with cuff / tracheal cannula with cuff) with a COVID-19 infection are generally transported without a PMIU according to a strict hygiene concept.

    With increasing knowledge and experience, FAI also shares the strategy of the vast majority of air ambulance providers that transportation of ventilated patients exclusively within PMIUs is no longer justifiable.

  • Asymptomatic COVID-19 Patients

    Transportation of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients and accompanying persons is carried out based on a special hygiene concept without a PMIU, which has been reviewed by the RKI (Robert Koch Institute) and EURAMI. However, implementation is only possible if patients do not show any or at most very mild symptoms of a coronavirus infection.



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