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Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Defibrillators Delivered by Drones

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Real-World Tests Show Life-Saving Potential of Defibrillator Drones

New Atlas, Nick Lavars, August 29, 2021

A Swedish team of researchers has deployed aerial drones equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to heart attack victims for the first time. Scientists at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet (KI) had previously conducted simulations proving that drones could deliver defibrillators four times as fast as ambulances; the latest study saw drones transporting the life-saving devices to sites of cardiac arrest over a four-month period last year. The drones were deployed in 12 out of 53 alerts for suspected cardiac arrests, with 11 successful AED arrivals logged; the drones traveled an average of 3.1 kilometers (2 miles) and arrived ahead of the ambulance seven times, although none were used prior to ambulance arrival. KI's Sofia Schierbeck said, "Our study shows that it is possible to use drones to transport defibrillators in a safe way and with target precision during real-life emergencies."  ... '

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