Ambulance services that are not hospital-affiliated, it is hard to get enough material for the transport of coronapatiënten. That said, the Ambulancecentrum of Antwerp, which, among others, non-emergency transport in order for hospitals, health insurance funds and social services residential care centres run. The ambulance service decided to give some of the 3D printers to buy for themselves face shields are to be able to make it.

The Ambulancecentrum of Antwerp is engaged in both the urgent and non-urgent patient transport, but that last class was in the last few weeks on the back burner because of medical consultations in hospitals have cancelled. “We will carry on that respect is the patients who are chemo – or radiation therapy, or dialysis is needed,” said Evi Degheldere, quality manager of the Ambulancecentrum Antwerp, belgium.

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“We had been remarkably quiet, but since the start of this week, we will be often used in hospitals and nursing homes, in order to coronapatiënten to go. That can be in between two hospitals, and from home to the hospital, and even between two homes because one of them is reserved for ” no-points-for patients and one for coronapatiënten. But we can also bring infected patients back to the nursing home to be sick in the thuisquarantaine.”

Priority for the 112

The need for material that is already high. “Hospitals will be given logical priority, in which only the first is active in the 112-based system for the time being, but cared for by the government,” said Degheldere. “We still have some stock, but with a selection of coronaritten per day is all that is really fast. No one in this pandemic is being prepared. It’s all about spatdichte suits, surgical masks, gloves or mittens if the baby wipes. We have recently been to four 3D printers to be purchased in order to self-decontamineerbare face shields are to make. Also, police services and other ambulance services are now knocking on your door.”

managing Director, Kris Verbeeck is expected that the transport of patients in the next few weeks and is still exponentially growing. “But we were already so compromised patients, the onwennigheid is completely gone,” he said.