AED Delivery: Life-Saving Drones Could Soon Be a Thing

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When it comes to cardiac arrest, there are few better emergency treatments than a targeted electric shock.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who suffer a cardiac arrest have a habit of doing so when they are well and truly out of reach of the required equipment.  Not to mention, the expertise needed to administer them.

The quicker the treatment is delivered following a cardiac arrest, the better.  Incredibly, approximately 90% of those who receive the required electric shock within the first minute following cardiac arrest survive.  However, if no shock is provided within the first 10 minutes, 95% of such cases prove fatal.

As such, it’s all about proximity to the simple yet lifesaving AED technology at the time cardiac arrest occurs.  Which is precisely why in years to come, those who suffer cardiac arrest in just about any location may not have to wait for an ambulance to arrive to be provided with a lifesaving shock.

Instead, aerial drones could be used to deliver AEDs to patients in need, far quicker.

AED Delivery: Life-Saving Drones Could Soon Be a Thing

It might sound a little far-fetched, buta team of researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden have already built a drone that is designed to get AEDs to patients as quickly as possible.  It travels at almost 50 miles per hour, has an intelligent GPS System and is coated in LEDs and fluorescent paint to ensure it can be easily found.

It also features a high-definition camera, offering a direct video link back to those in charge of launching the thing.

Over the course of 18 test flights, the drone managed to outperform a traditional ambulance every single time and by a significant margin.  In fact, the average amount of time saved by using drones rather than ambulances was more than 16 minutes.

When it comes to saving lives, 16 minutes really can make the difference between life and death.

AED Delivery: Life-Saving Drones Could Soon Be a Thing

Of course, given that the tests were all carried out under highly controlled conditions and when the weather was pretty much perfect, there are any number of variables to take into account before reaching a valid conclusion.

Nevertheless, the research team responsible for the drone genuinely believes that it is only a matter of time before unmanned aerial vehicles play a critically important role in the provision of emergency healthcare.