GREENSBORO — Ingenuity and need have resulted in two specially equipped ambulances for transporting people with COVID-19, Cone Health announced in a news release Wednesday.

The CareLink vehicles were modified by ServPro of Greensboro North. ServPro installed HEPA filtration systems that clean the air in the 587-square-foot patient care area of the ambulances and vent it outside of the vehicle, according to the release.

“Using this type of ambulance has decreased staff anxiety in transporting COVID-19 positive patients,” Mark Young, director of Cone Health CareLink, said in the release. “Staff love it."

The ambulances have been used to transport more than 60 patients since April 17.

The modified ambulances can provide a negative air environment for potential COVID-19 patients to limit the spread of pathogens, said Jeff Brown, ServPro's director of operations. ServPro donated the HEPA filter and the labor to upfit both ambulances.

“Donating our team’s time and resources to the benefit of helping save lives is incredibly humbling,” Brown said in the release.

Although the innovation boosts confidence in caring for COVID-19 patients, teams in other ambulances use full protective equipment for the safety of patients and themselves, according to the release.

Rusty Gray, a Cone Health CareLink lead EMT, saw a similar system on an ambulance from another area. A little research led him to ServPro of Greensboro North, Cone Health said in the release.  

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