Automated drone trial may help cardiac arrest patients
A self-driving drone assisted in the survival of a 71-year-old man who was having a heart arrest. The drone system is electronically linked to the emergency dispatch system and may prepare to take off as soon as an emergency call indicating a cardiac arrest is received.
Although the drone is self-sufficient, there is a pilot in charge who supervises the operation for safety and can request approval to take off from air traffic control.
Experts warn that in the instance of a sudden cardiac arrest, minutes might spell the difference between life and death. In Sweden, researchers are investigating the use of unmanned drones to carry defibrillators to sufferers faster than ambulances or other conventional emergency services. The group investigated the use of drones to transport defibrillators in Gothenburg and Kungalv in western Sweden in 2020.