The Ambulance Drone aims to save lives by providing immediate assistance, drastically reducing the time between the initial call for help and the final help arrival time. While a drone clearly doesn’t have the same medical abilities that paramedics do, it can act as an all-purpose medical kit, carrying emergency medical supplies that can be used by those at the scene to perform life-saving procedures.
The drone is outfitted with a defibrillator, CPR aids and a number of medicines. Given that the drone is able to avoid traffic and rocket to the scene, it has an estimated arrival time of one minute once dispatched. The idea is that when an emergency call arrives, the drone can quickly head to the scene ahead of the ambulance to provide immediate assistance.
Beyond providing emergency tools and medicine, the drone also contains a camera and a communication device, allowing the emergency response team to study the environment and communicate directly with those at the scene. Should the defibrillator be required, once placed on the injured person, emergency responders are able to activate it remotely.
The emergency drone was created by Alex Monton, a Delft University graduate, who estimates that the use of medical drones could quite possibly increase survival rates from 8 percent to 80 percent.
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