Ambulance drone could save lives by providing quick medical help

January 18, 2016

The first few minutes after a cardiac arrest or accident are crucial to determine the chances of recovery. However, ambulances can not always quick enough, since they depend on traffic conditions. But what if basic first-aid tools, such as a defibrillator, medication, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) aids could be sent to the patient in as little as 1 minute by a drone?

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The Ambulance Drone is a project being developed at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Made with carbon fiber, the small unmanned aircraft may be the technology solution that will save many lives.

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Spread throughout a city, the drones could be controlled remotely by the same emergency service responsible for ambulances. So, if someone needed help, the drone would be sent to the location quickly. Flying at 100 km/h directly to the emergency site, the drone can reach the exact location within a few minutes, while medical professionals don’t arrive, operators could help laypersons through a built-in communication system, guiding them on what needs to be done and how to use the first-aid tools in the drone.

According to the studies, the use of the ambulance drone to assist a cardiac arrest might increase the chances of survival from 8% to 80%, since the main reason a cardiac arrest leads to casualty is the slow response time of emergency services.

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