Alec Momont a student at Deft University of Technology in the Netherlands has designed an ambulance drone to support citizens responding to someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.
Out-of-hospital heart attack survival rates in Europe are as low as 8%. Slow response times from emergency services that struggle to navigate through busy cities are often cited as a contributing factor, as brain deaths and fatalities usually occur within 4 to 6 minutes.
The ambulance drone offers a solution by bringing livestream support to the scene of the accident well before before an ambulance could be there. Carrying an inbuilt defibrillator, it can reach speeds of 100kph, which means it is able to reach a patient in a 4.6 square mile area within one minute.
Once it arrives at the scene, the drone folds its propellers and can be carried to the patient. Livestream video and audio via webcam and built-in speakers can then be used by medical professionals to direct passers-by in delivering emergency support.
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A network of ambulance drones could relieve the pressure on overstretched emergency infrastructure.
The manoeuvrability and rapid response time could see similar solutions applied in situations that traditional ambulance services struggle to reach, such as apartment blocks, rural areas or incidents at sea.