The US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM), a centre for aerospace medical learning and consultation, has starting training medics to attend Covid-19 patients.

Medics are being trained at Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina on the use of Transport Isolation System (TIS) and in transporting Covid-19 patients in military cargo aircraft.

The TIS is an infectious disease containment unit that is designed to offer in-flight medical care to the patients while reducing contagion risks among aircrew and medical attendants.

It is serving as an important tool in Air Mobility Command’s Covid-19 response.

Air Mobility Command en route care medical director Colonel Leslie Wood said: “Right now, in the midst of this global pandemic, we have forces in harm’s way around the world.

“Because of the requirements of transporting personnel with infectious diseases like Covid-19, we can’t use our traditional methods of transport without risking the medical crew in the back of the plane, and the rest of the crew in the front.

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“And, if we lose these crews, we lose operational capability.”

The medics are being trained by Lieutenant colonel Elizabeth Schnaubelt and technical sergeant Victor Kipping-Cordoba, both of whom specialise in infectious diseases and public health.

Usually, the training duration is of three days.

Kipping-Cordoba said: “We train on personal protective equipment donning and doffing procedures followed by waste management procedures and equipment familiarisation and inventory.

“During the training, the infectious-disease team leads the disease and infection prevention and control briefings, all PPE donning and doffing and providing infection prevention and control, clinical guidance, and risk management.”