Ambulance Drone' ... a flying defibrillator!


JUST AMAZING! A Dutch-based engineering student has revealed a prototype 'Ambulance Drone' ... a flying defibrillator

It can fly at speeds up to 100 kms per hour and tracks emergency mobile calls using GPS to navigate.

If an ambulance took 10 minutes to reach a cardiac arrest patient, the chance of survival is only 8%. But the drone can get a defibrillator to a patient inside a 12 km sq zone within a minute, increasing the chance of survival to 80%.

Once at the scene, an operator, like a paramedic, can watch, talk and instruct those helping the victim by using an on-board camera connected to a control room.

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Comment by Doug Walmsley on November 12, 2014 at 3:51pm

That video was hilarious!  Wish the cops was in it. These thugs deserve a beat down.  LOL

Comment by Matt Needle on November 13, 2014 at 7:12am

Defibrillators are now in supermarkets in the UK and indeed designed to be used by anyone. Why there are so many derogatory remarks about this project I cannot understand.

To anyone who has rubbished this idea I sincerely doubt that you would refuse medical treatment on the basis that it arrived by drone.

Trained ambulance staff already provide assistance over the phone while an ambulance is en route and that's without have a visual stream of the situation. 

Yes, the points about collision avoidance are valid however technology is developing at such a high rate. eFly have just released a quadcopter which is aware of its surroundings and can navigate using sonar and optical sensors. Perhaps the concept is still in its infantile stages but I don't suppose Henry Ford even entertained the though that cars would operate themselves one day.

Comment by Petr Hubacek on November 13, 2014 at 11:33am

My brother in law has succesfuly give birth to his daughter while they were in the middle way to a hospital. Brother in law recieved consultancy by a phone and when his daughter was successfully born, the ambulancy just arrived and checked the rest.

A defibrilator (arrived by a car, drone or other way) can be helpful with or without a phone assistance if someone need it. No problem! Only one thing is worse. Not to have something you need.

Comment by Petr Hubacek on November 13, 2014 at 11:35am

and a question. why drone shall carry only a defibrilator? :-)

Comment by Doug Walmsley on November 13, 2014 at 11:47am

@Petr,

I suspect that in the future many innovative ideas will be implemented opening the door to ever increasing imaginations.

I posted this article as a discussion point and I'm not bound to limiting it to just AED drone delivery units.  The idea of AED delivery makes sense to me, I'm an EMT and have been for nearly 10 years.  So I like where this innovation is going but other things could be attached to drones.  I seen articles on life saving delivery drones, and obviously Amazon, and other companies are investigating package delivery drones as well.  One could certainly put First AId kits on a drone but weight will always trump flight time if you try to make a mulitcopter to carry all kinds of medical equipment.  So you may have to develope drops which can be reconfigured for the type of medical emergency within a minute or so to deliver the correct supplies to the patient ahead of a ambulance. 

Comment by Petr Hubacek on November 13, 2014 at 12:50pm

The question is mainly also how people shall call the drone, who can fly the drone up to the requested area... Just start with delivering water, bisquist and a coffee to hungry thirsty travelrs in a nature and you can add some medical service later on.

Comment by mP1 on November 13, 2014 at 8:11pm

Shopping centers are relatively secure. Most of the defibs are of course secured and secure. Whats the bet none of the units are in the car park, simply because they know the obvious problem, theft target ?

None of the dreamers have addressed how to prevent theft and vandalism.

Comment by Jake Stew on November 13, 2014 at 8:22pm

None of the dreamers have addressed how to prevent theft and vandalism.

Why should we address made up problems spouted by haters?

There are COPS on the way AND the drone operator is recording you on video AND someone is having a heart attack.

Do you really think someone is going to steal an AED knowing that they are on video, and that the cops are already on the way?  Is someone really going to commit murder ON VIDEO for an item they'd be lucky to get $500 for?  That's right... stealing an AED from a heart attack patient is going to be charged as murder, duh.

Comment by mP1 on November 16, 2014 at 1:44pm

Jake:

There are COPS on the way 

@Jake

And thats the point, the police take time to arrive, which means there is a period when the unit is alone and can be stolen/vandanlised. But dont let facts get in the way of stretching the truth, how convenient of you to forget to mention this. We all know the police arrival isnt instant, just like ambos and thats the point.

Jake:

the drone operator is recording you on video AND someone is having a heart attack.

Me:

If the drone is on the ground its camera is only pointing in one direction, most of its angles are not filmed. This is such as basic weakness how could you not see that ?

You:

Do you really think someone is going to steal an AED knowing that they are on video, and that the cops are already on the way?  

Me:

Yes it happens all the time in shops, petrol stations, quickie marts. Thieves know its a race and will be quick. Given drones are small its not hard to grab and run.

Jake:

 Is someone really going to commit murder ON VIDEO for an item they'd be lucky to get $500 for? 

Me:

While stealing an AED that *might* help someone with a heart attack probably is a crime, its NOT murder, perhaps its some type of manslaughter etc, and how exactly is the crown going to prove the state of the victim ?

Quickie marts get robbed all the time for less where the alleged criminal actually has a gun, for a lot less, but why let facts of the real world get in the way of a snake oiled salesman.

Jake:

That's right... stealing an AED from a heart attack patient is going to be charged as murder, duh.

Me:

No they wont, murder is direct immediate action to kill someone. Go ask your local police station. If you want lets bet an inspire, loser pays.

More dishonest hyperbole, where the positives are exaggerated and the weaknesses negated.

Comment by Matt Needle on November 17, 2014 at 3:26am

And you think this unit won't have tracking devices on? 

It's like saying why doesn't someone steal an ambulance when it shows up. Ridiculous, right? How would you get away with it? Well how would you get away with stealing something that's designed to be tracked?

@mP1 did you entertain the possibility of more than one sensor or camera? 

It's a sad fact of life that people will steal things but does that mean none of us should own cars for fear of car thieves? Or we shouldn't have movie theatres because it allows the opportunity for someone to pirate films? 

I am sure that these issues are not taken lightly and there is an ever-developing protocol on the deployment of such a unit. It wasn't ever simply a case of 'stick a defib on a drone'. The student who designed the project was awarded a 10. That's 100 per cent. Which means that some very intelligent people deemed this project a very worthwhile enterprise. 

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