Defibrillator Drones Could Save Lives before Ambulance Arrives

June 13, 2017

(New Scientist) – Jacob Hollenberg at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and colleagues wondered if drones could be used to get a defibrillator to the emergency scene more quickly than an ambulance. They attached a defibrillator to a drone stationed at a fire station in Norrtälje, a rural location near Stockholm, and dispatched it to locations within 10 kilometres where actual cardiac arrests had taken place in the past eight years. Over 18 flights, the median time from the drone’s dispatch to its arrival at the emergency location was 5 minutes 21 seconds. During the real emergencies, the median dispatch time for the ambulance was 22 minutes.

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