Because of the threat of overburdening the health system in some regions, the Air Force is now helping with the distribution of patients within Germany. This is a new level in Corona administrative assistance.
From Friday afternoon onwards, the Air Force will take part in the transfer of intensive care patients in the corona pandemic with a special aircraft. According to information from the German Press Agency, an Airbus A310 MedEvac was supposed to land at the Bavarian airport in Memmingen at 2 p.m. and fly seriously ill people to Münster-Osnabrück in North Rhine-Westphalia. The arrival of the machine was planned for the early evening.
Fast transport capacities with airplanes are to be used in order to be able to transport intensive care patients to regions with free capacities in the event of a regional overload of hospitals.
The Air Force has two aircraft ready for the relief mission. This includes the Airbus A310 MedEvac, a “flying intensive care unit” with six treatment places, as well as a converted special machine, the surveillance aircraft A319OH (“open sky”). Two places for intensive treatment were built into this. An A400M MedEvac is also stationed in Wunstorf (Lower Saxony).
As part of the so-called clover leaf system, Covid 19 patients should also be able to be distributed nationwide if hospitals are threatened with collapse in individual regions. According to a catalog of criteria of the intensive care medicine association Divi, a transfer of patients with other illnesses is only planned in exceptional cases. The concept was launched in spring 2020 in view of the first corona wave.