Drones can save lives; they can be used by first responders like search and rescue, they can deliver medical supplies such as blood, they can collect data that can be used to predict the next major viral outbreak. Even DJI is now attempting to actively track events where drones have been used to save lives.
Now Swedish researchers have found that drones are, on average, nearly 17 minutes faster than ambulances. In the near future we may see drones being used to deliver defibrillators which are in turn used to resuscitate cardiac arrest patients.
Airborne drones carrying defibrillators could help revive people stricken by cardiac arrests far more quickly than ambulances can, a new study finds.
Swedish researchers found that drones launched from a local fire station arrived within about five minutes at the homes of 18 people who had experienced cardiac arrests — almost 17 minutes faster on average than ambulances.
Heart attacks result from blockages in blood flow to the heart. Cardiac arrests are caused by disturbances in the heart’s electrical rhythm, which impede blood flow or stop the heart altogether.