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.

Visit for more information.

Ambulance Drone

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Comment by John Githens on November 9, 2014 at 4:55pm

Also see this DIYD blog post from August 2013.

Comment by mP1 on November 9, 2014 at 10:04pm

The hype in the post is dishonest. Even if the drone arrived within a minute, the time to actually use the equipment means the ambo will still win.

Comment by Roberto Navoni on November 10, 2014 at 2:05am

The Idea is very good , in my classical work i develop fleet managment system for ambulance that does exactly same things  . The main problem is that for became reality this project need some update to acutal tecnology a good obstacle advoidance system and navigation ,too 

We are working on it .



Comment by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on November 10, 2014 at 3:32am





Comment by mP1 on November 10, 2014 at 3:45am


Exactly as if anyone can just take a defib and use it within 10 minutes, even with someone giving instructions.

Whats next, appendix removal surgery, with the tools and instruction PDF dropped by a drone :)

Comment by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on November 10, 2014 at 3:50am


And operator, watching on-board camera, talk and instruct...

I am not surprised that the drones do not allow to fly. Medics forgot to close the gate in a madhouse...

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on November 10, 2014 at 4:03am

Actually, modern automatic defibrillators (AED) are designed so that they can be used by anyone. They have a voice telling the operator each step in the process, and will automatically check the pulse and decide if the person needs to be shocked. Which is the critical part since it can do more harm then good in some cases.

But I fully agree that there is a lot of "attach stuff to drone" ideas out there that make little or no sense other then riding the "drone" wave to get publicity.

Comment by Andreas Gazis on November 10, 2014 at 4:07am

I don't understand why so much negative feeling. At worst, it's a wasted trip and a dead body (not caused by the drone). At best, a life saved. Is that so terrible?

Comment by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on November 10, 2014 at 4:16am

Don't understand? Imagine...

Man walks down the street and falls ...

Diabetic with hypoglycemia?
How often do people fall in the street with a heart attack? With EXACTLY heart attack?

Each heart attack requires defibrillator?


Fraud money and populism...

Comment by Andreas Gazis on November 10, 2014 at 5:31am

From this link.

"A built-in computer checks a victim’s heart rhythm through adhesive electrodes. The computer calculates whether defibrillation is needed. If it is, a recorded voice tells the rescuer to press the shock button on the AED"


"AEDs are safe to use by anyone who’s been trained to operate them"

Sounds like the operator on the live link fills the training gap. Once the electrodes are in place, the computer does the heavy lifting of signal processing and decision making.


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