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A transport of patients from the Lofoten islands to Bodø takes under normal circumstances, around an hour and a half – if the rescue helicopter in Bodø is ready when it is called out.

But circumstances are not normal when koronasyke patients need intensive treatment.

in Order to avoid that the key personnel in the ambulansene are prone to infection and end up in the quarantine, transport to the hospital and between the hospital be conducted in a safe manner.

Therefore, it took ten hours then a koronasmittet man in the Lofoten islands should be transported to the hospital of nordland in Bodø for the treatment of the night of Friday in the previous week.

the Reason was that the patient had to be transported in a smittevernkuvøse to avoid that helikoptermannskapene and others involved should be infected.

In addition have a newly created smitteteam retrieved from UNN in Tromsø.

This team will assist and possibly treat the patient inside the incubator is in the event of a critical situation.

On top of it all, there was a violent storm in the Lofoten and Vesterålen this night.

Demanding pasientlogistikk

Such was the sequence of events when a transport of patients from Gravdal in the Lofoten islands to Bodø took nine hours longer than usual.

on the Night of fredagPasient in Lofoten

A koronasmittet man who is admitted at the hospital of nordland in Gravdal must be moved to the hospital in Bodø for the treatment. Normally take this trip under an hour.

Bardufoss – TromsøTransport from Bardufoss

But the night of Friday 20. march was the only one smitteteam in place in Northern Norway- at the University hospital in Tromsø. A Bell helicopter from the Military base at Bardufoss, flying to Tromsø to retrieve the team. In the helicopter is also a smittevernkuvøse from the TREAT.

Tromsø – GravdalSmitteteam from Tromsø

A powerful storm makes it difficult to land at Leknes. The helicopter manages after several attempts to land in Svolvær. Smitteteamet being transported to the hospital in Gravdal.

Bodo – Gravdal – BodøNytt helicopter

Then a Sea King rescue helicopter with smittevernkuvøse sent from Bodø to the Lofoten islands. The patient is then transported to the hospital of nordland in Bodø. Nine hours later.

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Since this event has the Health to the North, the TREAT and the nordland hospital trust working frantically to get the necessary logistics for the transport of patients in place.

Six incubators in North of Norway

Rescue service have bought five infectious disease incubators that can carry adults without that the crews are in danger to be infected.

Photo: Onar Digernes Aase / Defense

In the course of next week there should be a total of six incubators in place in the region.

Health to the North has already bought into three new incubators. The two of them to be stationed on the field in Tromsø and one in Bodø.

These are in addition to the two kuvøsene rescue service have and one that Health the North has stationed in Tromsø.

director of Communications, Anne May Knudsen in Health North.

Photo: Health in the North

According to the Health the North are the hospitals well-equipped to take the seriously ill koronapasienter.

– These kuvøsene can be used on road, water and in the air.

– In addition, both the TREAT and the nordland hospital trust now team that can follow the incubator is. On Banak are team finished the trained Thursday, and will then also be able to follow the incubator, ” says communications director Anne May Knudsen in Health North.

Helikopterbasene on the Rygge, Sola and Ørland’ll also have incubators in place in these days.

Asks the civilian aircraft to transport patients

Smittekuvøsene is too large to go into in ambulanseflyene. Therefore, it is helicopters and larger aircraft that must be used for the transport of kuvøsepasienter.

Photo: BSAA / NTB scanpix

at the same time, efforts are made to capacity increase flykapasiteten that can handle critically ill smittepasienter in the air.

There is not space to incubators in Babcocks ambulansefly, but this week it was ambulansehelikoptrene in Brønnøysund and Harstad approved for kuvøsetransport.

efforts are being made also to get the equipment approved for use in the larger helicopter type which is in Tromsø and Ålesund.

at the same time preparing Luftambulansetjenesten that koronapandemien will put parts of the service out of the game.

It can happen if, for many of the service personnel such as doctors, nurses, rescuers, pilots and technicians are being infected or in quarantine.

Managing director Øyvind, Juell in Luftambulansetjenesten HF.

Photo: Andreas Nilsen Trygstad / NRK

Those who work in the luftambulansetjenesten is very specialized. This is personnel who cannot be replaced at short notice. It makes the service extra vulnerable, ” says managing director Øyvind, Juell in Luftambulansetjenesten HF.

Therefore, helseforetaket now in close dialogue with several civilian aircraft – and helikopterselskap to ensure aircraft and helicopter that can assist with the transport koronapasienter.

Armed Bell helicopter is stationed at Bardufoss.

Photo: Knut-Sverre Horn

– Luftambulansetjenesten is also in dialogue with the airlines about the transportation of crew to and from the bases because it constantly runs fewer flights, ” says Juell.

NRK has been in contact with the Aircraft.

Ms. Catarina Solli informs that the Aircraft is familiar with the issue, but that it’s not yet signed any agreement.

in Order to maintain the best possible preparedness has Babcock protecting an extra ambulansefly in Sweden, which can be inserted both in Norway and Sweden.

the Defense has the ability to transport patients in an ambulance with its C130 Hercules aircraft.

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