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RAF’s A400M Atlas achieves full aeromedical capability

25th May 2018 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Air Force’s (RAF) A400M Atlas has achieved full aeromedical evacuation capability for high dependency and highly infectious patients, following a recent demonstration at RAF Brize Norton.

The aircraft can carry up to 66 low to medium dependency stretcher patients or four high dependency stretcher patients. The Critical Care Air Support Team (CCAST) based at Brize Norton provides care equivalent to that found in an NHS Intensive Care Unit including intubation and ventilation.

The Atlas also supports the Air Transportable Isolator (ATI) which allows patients with high consequence infectious diseases to be transported safely without infecting others.

Air Cdre Claire Walton, air officer medical operations for the RAF, said: ‘One of the benefits of the Atlas is that it can operate at sea level cabin altitude for critical injuries such as lung punctures and head trauma which is a limitation of our other aircraft.’

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