Today we’ve got a new device in the series of advancements in drone technology – TU Delft, the Ambulance Drone.
Addressing the problem of cardiac arrest, a Dutch engineer has made the “Ambulance Drone” which is a defibrillator which flies and reaches at the emergency situations. This drone will be stationed at various points in a city and people facing emergency will call upon the drone from their mobile phones and it will arrive within seconds.
Each year, millions of people suffer from cardiac arrest and it has a very low survival rate due to slow response times of emergency services. This ambulance drone has an inbuilt defibrillator and it can fly at a speed more than 100km/h. This super-fast speed of drone enables it to reach at the destination within 1 minute which increases chances of survival.
This ambulance drone has an inbuilt camera which allows doctors to look into the situation while the shocks are delivered. A webcam and loudspeaker lets the doctor to talk to the person through the process of attaching electrodes and other preparations.
The creator, Alec Momont of TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering says: “Some 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the EU every year, and only 8% survive.” He further adds, “The main reason for this is the relatively long response time of the emergency services (more than 10 minutes), while brain death and fatalities occur within 4 to 6 minutes. The ambulance drone can get a defibrillator to a patient inside a 12 km zone within one minute. This response speed increases the chance of survival following a cardiac arrest from 8% to 80%.”
The system is in prototype stage but it’s expected that TU Delft- the Ambulance Drone, will be launched in the period of next five years with a cost of $20,000. The creators are saying that the future implementations will also serve other use cases such as drowning, diabetes, respiratory issues and traumas.
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