Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EpiShuttle 2.0 (EpiShuttle: Isolation and Transportation of Infectious Disease Patients)
Reporting period: 2019-05-01 to 2020-07-31
2015, and the outbreaks in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In addition, the emerging global threat of antimicrobial resistance is a hindrance to safe transportation of patients also outside an epidemic
setting. The transportation of patients is a crucial step in the treatment and handling of all outbreaks and represent the link in the treatment chain with particularly high risk of contamination and spread of the disease.
EpiShuttle is a product intended to mitigate these risks, to be used: 1) Transportation and isolation of patients on aircraft, ambulances, ships - any vehicle capable of safely relocating patients; 2) temporary isolation with
or without transport of patients within hospitals or other medical facilities
The objective of this SME program is to:
Apply and validate an easier disinfection system based on state-of-the-art disinfection: Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) fumigation technology
Design a larger version of EpiShuttle: 1) to include intended use as temporary isolation hospital bed; and 2) to cope with the requirements and market feedback where there is a need for wider units
Process the device through the US regulatory requirements and FDA approval and through the Chinese regulatory requirements and CFDA approval
The design process for developing modular versions of the device is ongoing, and the first POC prototypes have already been made and tested.
The EpiShuttle is already launched on the US market, and preparation for entry into other regulatory geographies are ongoing.
The response to a pandemic or epidemic is dependent on that the health care personnel can work without a high risk of being exposed or cross-contaminate the disease to other patients. Transport isolators can be of significance in dealing with the response to epidemic. EpiShuttle has also proved to be the device of choice for transporting patients with other biohazards, such as Novochocks. The impact on society of being able to respond to crisis with contamination hazards is significant, and the EpiShuttle SME project will have implications on health-response and preparedness in the future.