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 mP1 on November 11, 2014 at 6:12am


But you need to apply the sensors in the right places, and thats the point. Its not that simple, theres a reason why ambos get lots of training. You dont just hire people yesterday and have them driving about the next day.

Comment by Doug Walmsley on November 11, 2014 at 6:25am

As a EMT in Maryland I have come onto scenes too often where people are standing around not performing CPR whether it is wintessed or not.  Sadly the statistics is correct that on average only 8% are saved due to expedient CPT and AED use.  The success rate is way too low even in my field of volunteerism.  So what harm could it do to fly one to the scene ahead of a ambulance and hope someone knows how to use it.  And on that note ALL AED have instructions both pictorial and verbal when opened and powered on.

The idea of rapid deployment of an AED may seem far fetched, but how much does someone cost?  The truer fact of reality is these units are not cheap and combining it into a UAV may be too tempting for someone to walk away with it, even if they dismantle it foor parts or to sell it.  I think a UAV designed to drop/deliver it's payload (ie AED) is the way to go as long as you can cut the cost of development down and reduce weight.

And the bigger question is????  Why doesn't everyone learn CPR and save their loved one or a bystander?

Comment by mP1 on November 11, 2014 at 6:26am


Exactly medicine is a bit more complicated than just pressing a button. If it was just that simple, there would a row of machines in a hospital and half the visits would be self serve.


Theres a reason why all public machines that contain value like $ and so on are built like tanks. Unfortunately it only takes a few idiots, and expensive equipment thats sent to you just like that would become a target. Its the reason, why these are not simply already sitting on every street corner in the downtown area of any large city.

Comment by Foxzilla on November 11, 2014 at 12:33pm

I'm not sure why some people feel like this is a ridiculous idea. PADs (Public Access Defibrillators) are already in use around the world, although it is a rather new thing. Here's one in a shopping mall right here where I live and here's a British equivalent. From what I've heard, they have already been used in emergencies.

Comment by Quadrocopter on November 11, 2014 at 3:18pm

It's another company with money wanting to get into the "drone" market.

Spending all that money drawing, designing, modelling > to get a fancy looking Y6?

Marketing at it's finest, still not quite as good as flying DHL or pizza delivers...close ;-)


Comment by Quadrocopter on November 11, 2014 at 3:19pm

and i really wanted to be positive!!

Comment by Jake Stew on November 11, 2014 at 6:59pm

Exactly medicine is a bit more complicated than just pressing a button.

No, it really isn't.  An 8 year old child can operate an automatic defibrillator.

You stick a self-stick pad or two where the picture shows, which the device is also describing where to stick, and you're done.  The device will diagnose the arrhythmia, tell you to stand clear, and tell you to press the shock button.  Some don't even require you to press the button.

Drones should be flying around with AEDs right now!  There's no technological roadblock.  Even with current systems they'd save tons of lives compared to the small chance of causing injury or property damage in an accident.

For every minute without CPR and defibrillation, the victim’s chance of survival decreases by 7-10%.  So you can see that AED drones could save LOTS of people.  In literally every instance of use they'd be saving lives.

Comment by John Dennings on November 11, 2014 at 8:05pm

Foxzilla and Jake Stew:

Stop making sense and bringing up factual data, guys! 

The nay-sayers may run out of steam ..., and without them, god forbid, this neat project could one day be reality!

The horror, the horror!

Comment by Julien Dubois on November 12, 2014 at 5:16am

Very good and usefull project!!

Comment by Andreas Gazis on November 12, 2014 at 2:45pm

Doug, one reason about people's reluctance to do CPR is that something that is never practised is forgotten incredibly fast. I was trained in CPR some decades ago. Today I can't even remember the species I 'm supposed to apply it to, let alone where, how hard, the numbers of moves, the pauses in between etc. From memory, I had already forgotten most of it a few years after the course. Training without practice is almost useless.

Regarding training of medical staff, they are trained to do a whole bunch of stuff, quickly and efficiently. They are not everywhere and there is not enough money to have them everywhere. As stop gaps go, this is not a bad one. Sure, they can be stolen but tech advances all the time and people's behaviour changes along with it. The two way video link with an operator might become a bit of a deterrent as can be seen in this entertaining video.


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