The first few minutes of an emergency are critical. An ambulance can take up to 10 minutes, or more to arrive (depending on the location) due to traffic and other interferences. Brain death and permanent death reportedly start to occur in just 4 to 6 minutes. However, with the help of the Ambulance Drone, the response time can be cut into just one minute.
The Ambulance Drone, created by TU Delft, is “a compact flying toolbox” containing essentials for advanced life support. Whether its heart failure, drowning, traumas, or respiratory issues, the Ambulance Drone can assist with lifesaving technologies. It’s equipped with a defibrillator, medication, and CPR aids that have compact designs that can easily fit inside of a drone.
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How it works is when emergency response is contacted, the drone which is a part of an emergency drone network, is immediately sent out to the location. It can reach a top speed of 64mph.
Once the drone arrives, the emergency team can communicate with the person assisting the cardiac arrest patient through the drone. Therefore, the caller no longer needs to stay on the phone. The dispatch team can also remotely initiate the current for the defibrillator.