The unique mobility of drones was appreciated in many areas, for example – when delivering goods directly to the buyer’s door. The authors of the Flirtey start-up (USA) went further, deciding to use drones for the urgent dispatch of defibrillators to a patient who had serious heart problems.
This idea is not new. As early as 2014, a prototype of an ambulance was developed at Delft University (Netherlands) , intended for delivery of the defibrillator to the place where the patient is. Drone was equipped with a built-in webcam, thanks to which the operator (the resuscitator), watching what was happening, told by radio about the location of the defibrillator.
This year, during research at the University of Carolina (Sweden), it was found that defibrillation drones are 4 times faster than conventional emergency services, which is extremely important for cardiac arrest when the count goes for a minute.
During the implementation of his project Flirtey joined forces with Domino, 7-Eleven, NASA, as well as with the regional emergency medical service USA – REMSA.
As soon as the corresponding system is created, REMSA, having received a call about a heart attack from service 911, will send an ambulance to the place of call, simultaneously sending the drone with the defibrillator, along its route and along the shortest path. Fast delivery is designed to ensure that someone from the surrounding can start resuscitation before the ambulance arrives.