Luxembourg, 30 October 2015 - European Air Ambulance will be focusing on the repatriation of younger patients during the forthcoming ITIC Global in Athens. EAA will present its work with children and its specialization in neonatal and incubator transport in two very different ways.
EAA is using the International Travel and Health Insurance Conference to unveil a new book aimed at its smallest and most important patients. Featuring wonderful illustrations by acclaimed street artist Dave The Chimp, “A flight in an Air Ambulance” takes children aged between 2 and 8 years old through the step-by-step process of how European Air Ambulance handles their transportation from hospital in a foreign country to home and full recovery. The 12 page book “Our aim is to make their journey back home as pleasant and enjoyable as possible, hoping they will keep a good memory of this flight, while offering them the highest possible medical care in the air,” says EAA Director Sales and Marketing Patrick Schomaker, himself a father.
The book will be distributed at ITIC as one of the gifts presented to delegates in their welcome packages. It can also be shipped for free upon request on the Neonatal and Paediatric page.
Case study presentation
The transport of even younger patients will be the subject of an ITIC presentation by EAA specialist in paediatrics and neonatology, Dr Jean Bottu. He will talk about the air transport of premature twins, based on a recent case involving a flight from Spain to the Netherlands.
Bottu, who was head of the national neonatal intensive care unit at the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL) from 1999 to 2014, has been a course director for neonatal life support training through the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) since 2013.
His presentation will look in particular at the challenges of body heat control during the transport of premature babies, and he will consider the pros and cons of using a classic incubator or a lightweight device such as the Babypod® for the transport of premature twins.
EAA has a long commitment to the demanding field of neonatal and incubator transport. It has at its call specialised physicians like Dr Bottu and flight nurses and paramedics who have been trained in Advanced Paediatric Life Support.
The medical teams receive even further specialist training to familiarise them with the air ambulance environment and with the particularities of treating their young patients in flight mode, where variables such as air pressure and temperature, as well as vibration and noise, can have far more of an influence on a young patient than on an adult.
EAA also has invested heavily in state-of-the-art equipment including two MediPrema N.I.T.E. incubators equipped with ventilators and a BabyPod II.