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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Ambulance Drone

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Comment by Antonie Kruger on November 10, 2014 at 10:21am

Fellas - this is such a crap idea....right to the point where you need an AED. Face it - all the symptoms described above can and will be detected by an AED and it will only fire a pulse when it narrowed the symptoms down. I've seen this in action - we keep them at our premises.....AED, not the drone, yet.

Comment by Hugues on November 10, 2014 at 11:21am

This was just a marketing/publicity stunt by a Belgian University and in that regards they succeeded their objective.

Let's open a brainstorm session about what will be the next best thing to attach to a drone ? hummmm...Oh yes I know, my mother in law! I need 50 inch props , U999 motors and a solid frame, I tell you.

Comment by Greg Nuspel on November 10, 2014 at 1:50pm

This is the third time I have seen this exact application being presented by different companies/individuals. Guess there are a lot of like minded people.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 10, 2014 at 2:00pm

Absolutely.  I've been talking about this for 2 years.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 10, 2014 at 2:03pm

Vladimir, you have it all wrong.  This is the perfect application for a drone, and an AED can be used by anybody.  That is the point.  We have one at my work.  I have been bugging my parents to get one at their cabin in the woods, since the ambulance is half-hour away at best and my father has already had one heart attack.

Comment by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on November 10, 2014 at 2:37pm

OK, great. Simple install cardio equipment on public places. Like a phone...

Comment by Andreas Gazis on November 10, 2014 at 2:44pm

This is also a bit beyond simply taking a AED for a walk. Tech is developed in various steps. Right now, we have AEDs, mainly designed with a specific type of use case in mind. We also have drones with badly defined rules and behaviours which are a bunch of solutions looking for a bunch of problems. This can be one of them (take something light somewhere GPS defined fast) and it will suck at first (the first Ardupilots sucked too, both the hardware and the code). Give it a few years and the capabilities and use cases will have been much better defined, streamlined etc. But you can't avoid the sucking stage, it's part of the process. Maybe it will be dead in six months, maybe it will be the talk of the town ten years from now. If you can reliably spot which is which, you can make a lot of money as a venture capitalist.

Comment by Eli Cohen on November 10, 2014 at 4:55pm

I'm helping two student teams do exactly this right now but with fixed wing aircraft in rural areas where an ambulance's response time is far too long. We are aiming for much higher speeds (100-135 mph, 160-220kph) with a range of about 8 miles (13 km). We've looked at comparisons to ambulance arrival times in areas away from major cities and it seems quite reasonable that a UAV carrying an AED could have a big impact.

I get a little sad sometimes when I see big negative responses to interesting ideas here on DIYD... I know not to bother posting anything about my 3D printed aircraft anymore :)

Comment by Jake Stew on November 10, 2014 at 7:56pm

AED delivery is a perfect application for drones.  No need for all the fancy BS, just fly down to 8 feet and drop the device.

AEDs should be everywhere, but they're expensive.  Something like this can bridge the gap and save both lives and money.

It's another good example where government regulations are killing people.  Our current healthcare system is a travesty.  Response times are poor and the first responders are poorly equipped.  Way too many people die waiting for treatment when they could be easily saved.

Comment by Alex Wong on November 11, 2014 at 4:48am

As Andreas said, currently e have a lot of solutions looking for problems when it comes to drone applications away from the military sphere.   That being said, we need to keep the ideas coming and imaginative.  If it is a bad idea then it won't work, so why bother putting it down?  Even if it seems bad, sometimes it will work but more likely, developments made trying to get it to work will lead to other breakthroughs and advances that can be put to use for really good applications.

I think this one just might work but we all know that it is  way off.  If anyone can make it work it is people like those on this forum and those in universities and other research centres that will make it happen. 

I think that if you don't have any constructive comments, be they positive or negative, then don't say anything.

Eli, the haters are always out there and unfortunately the internet has given them a voice.  Just ignore them, it doesn't matte if someone you don't know tries to shoot down your ideas.  It makes me feel more than a little sad to see you don't want to put any of your ideas up here, especially the 3D printed aircraft stuff.  I for one am interested and I have found that the information on this site has helped me learn a lot from contributors who put their ideas and problems up for us to look at and talk about.

There, I had my little rant.  I hope we see more ideas like this and even more left field radical plans!!


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