The Russian Helicopters company has recently informed about the new medical module for Ansat helicopters that would be also equipped with station for transporting newborn babies. This device has already passed the necessary certification and received approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency.
A new medical module, which is used in Ansat medical helicopters, has been supplemented with incubators for newborn babies. The module has a modified layout, adapted to unified stretchers, gurneys, and other equipment therefore making transportation of patients more convenient, as there is no need to shift and reconnect life support systems. After this upgrade, only one person is needed to board the patient and the whole process takes less than 20 seconds.
´When we are talking about saving patients, including the kids, every minute can cost a life. The incubators for newborn babies, now used in medical Ansat helicopters, will help to quickly deliver the youngest patients to hospital. In addition, the new version of Ansat includes a ventilator, condition monitoring unit, respirator and an infusion pump. With the new design, there is no need to disconnect the patient from the life support devices during loading, which increases the speed and safety of transportation´ said Oleg Yevtushenko, executive director of the Rostec State Corporation.
The new module is manufactured at Kazan Aggregate Plant, has successfully passed all the necessary certification and is offered to customers as one of the options.
´The approval of the Federal Air Transport Agency significantly expands the range of application of the new medical module MS-A for the Ansat helicopter. From now on, it will be possible to transport patients of absolutely any age. The design bureau of Kazan Helicopters continues to work in the direction of further upgrading this rotorcraft – in the context of pandemic, certification of an infectious box for a new medical module is especially relevant, and this issue will also be resolved in the near future´ said Andrey Boginsky, Director General of Russian Helicopters.
Ansat helicopters are providing rescue services in various regions of the Russian Federation and their operational area is constantly expanding. A new programme aiming for the development of modern medical aviation in Russia was launched in 2017, currently becoming a part of the National Healthcare Project.
On 29th December 2020, an upgraded Ansat-M helicopter took-off for the first time being equipped with an additional fuel tank, increasing its range up to 800 kilometres. This option is especially important for medical evacuation, allowing to perform the rescue duties over a larger area, without the need of refuelling.
Photos courtesy of JSC “Russian Helicopters” / Rostec State Corporation. “Russian Helicopters” press materials were used.