(Mirror Daily, United States) – An experiment put up by a team of Swedish scientists found a quicker alternative to intervene in case of a heart attack instead of an ambulance. A drone equipped with a defibrillator might reach patients more quickly and make it more likely for them to survive.
The defibrillator drone covered the area much quicker than an ambulance
To test the effectiveness of a drone in such cases, researchers picked 18 locations around Stockholm where actual heart attack events took place. Then, they launched the drone from a fire station in Norrtalje, a rural community situated close to the capital.
The drone had to fly to all these 18 locations, situated within 10 kilometers from the launching point. It scored a record average time that it took to deliver the defibrillator to the 18 places, namely 5 minutes and 21 seconds. This is quite an improvement from the average 22 minutes of the ambulance.
This is only an experiment for the moment, but it has already proved that a defibrillator-equipped drone is vital in the case of heart attack. Reports show that each minute spent by a patient without receiving medical assistance in a cardiac event reduces his chances of survival by 10 percent.
People need CPR training before using defibrillators
There are several types of drones available to do this task. For instance, those of DJI Phantom range can perform 20-minute flights and cover distances of several miles. However, the drone used in the experiment was much larger, weighed 5.6 kilograms, and had more rotors than the usual machines.
Also, people need to be trained on how to use a defibrillator. The equipment usually comes with instructions, and anybody, not only medical staff, should be able to use it. However, before resorting to such an alternative in case of heart attacks, doctors need to make sure everybody knows basic CPR procedures.
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