Trans-Atlantic Aeromedical Repatriation of Multiple COVID-19 Patients: a hybrid military-civilian model

Dagens, Andrew B. and McKinnon, Jacqueline and Simpson, Rosalyn and Calvert, Caitlyn and Keast, Thomas and Hart, Nathan and Almond, Michael (2020) Trans-Atlantic Aeromedical Repatriation of Multiple COVID-19 Patients: a hybrid military-civilian model. BMJ Military Health. ISSN 2633-3775

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Abstract

Here we report the first known transcontinental aeromedical evacuation of a large number (55) of known and suspected positive COVID-19 patients. These patients were evacuated from Havana, Cuba to the UK through MOD Boscombe Down as part of Operation BROADSHARE, the British military’s overseas response to COVID-19. We describe the safe transfer of patients with COVID-19 using a combined military-civilian model. In our view, we have demonstrated that COVID-19 patients can be aero medically transferred whilst ensuring the safety of patients and crew using a hybrid military-civilian model; this report contains lessons for future aeromedical evacuation of COVID-19 patients.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: COVID-19, Infection Prevention Control, Aviation Medicine, Transfer Medicine, Acute Respiratory Illness
Faculty: COVID-19 Research Collection
Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2020 09:50
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 11:33
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706115

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