Air Medical: Thomas Redder on Air Medical Equipment & Services in the Age of Covid-19

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ASG’s Max Buirski talks to Spectrum Aeromed VP of International Sales, Thomas Redder, about emergency medical services (EMS) for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, isolation chambers and procedures for Covid-19 and other infectious diseases, how charter companies can switch between VIP and EMS configurations, product certification, training and installation/modification time and costs, the APAC market, evacuation insurance, the future of mobile ICUs and much more.  This is an information packed episode; for details please check out the ‘Show Notes’ below, complete with ‘Time Stamps’ and segment descriptions.

Main Content

(1:57)

Overview of Spectrum Aeromed equipment for fixed and rotary wing aircraft

(3:20)

Demand trends for government air medical projects in the time of Covid-19

(4:21)

Preference for retrofitting and modifying existing aircraft

(4:50)

Huge increase in demand for their ‘isolation chambers’

(5:50)

Mobile isolation deck mounts and retrofit

(6:56)

Spectrum Aeromed products are designed to be ‘quick change’ for operators between charter and EMS

(8:00)

Traditional strength has been fixed wing, but currently demand from the helicopter side (especially out of Asia Pacific) is growing

(8:35)

Risks, planning and training for transferring patients with infectious diseases and risks to pilots and personnel

(12:30)

Certification process for countries and operators, decompression and other tests, and the STC process in APAC and EU Countries

(16:05)

Why we might be lucky to have this ‘wake-up call’ to prepare for the next pandemic

(17:00)

What this means for the future of the private EMS sector and the trend toward longer range aircraft and bigger cabins

(19:01)

Why charter operators who used to be in the VIP sector want the flexibility to be an air ambulance operator too

(21:32)

Trends in Asian Pacific EMS activity, from stretchers seven years ago to full ICU units today, and the importance of the travel/tourism/O&G evacuation market

(26:50)

Trends in new equipment and what’s coming next for EMS like ‘liquid oxygen’ and fully dedicated ‘ICU capability’

(31:20)

The time and cost to install a full ICU system

(32:55)

Master contractor/dealers vs OEM interests to sell a new green cabin for EMS aircraft

(36:50)

Max geeks out on liquid oxygen

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