High Tech Medicine- Drones to deliver defibrillators for heart attack victims
This article talks about how drones can help reduce the heart attack body count by delivering defibrillators timely.
High Tech Medicine- Drones to deliver defibrillators for heart attack victims.
The world of medicine is evolving at a lightning fast speed. So much so, almost five new studies are coming out every minute.
With health conditions worldwide deteriorating, it is only essential that access to healthcare is available far and wide. Although in remote areas, people suffering from health issues do not get timely attention, this situation seems to be taking a turn as new technology emerges.
Role of Drones
In a recent turn of events, the Journal for Emergency Medical Services stated that drones might be used to deliver Automated External Defibrillators to patients that need immediate attention.
It comes as a landmark move as the delivery time for life-saving equipment might get almost halved.
This move is said to be set in action in 2020 when drone aviation laws are more concrete and allow the drones to fly beyond the line of sight.
How will it work
The strategy to be implemented states when a person calls 911, the attendant will teach the caller how to use a defibrillator and dispatch the ambulance and paramedics while the patient gets immediate medical attention. This move will help save lives and reduce turnaround time as sometimes paramedics and ambulances may take longer to reach.
Cardiac treatment and equipment provided by medical drones are set to help millions of people by providing aid at a life-saving speed.
It will help the patients as bystanders and people around can provide Automated External Defibrillators, especially in rural and remote areas.
A majority of heart attacks and cardiac arrests occur at patient’s homes. The only thing that disrupts saving their lives is the time lag between the attack and the treatment provided.
Drones for good
Drones supplying first aid can help reduce this time lag that can, in turn, reduce the fatality of the incident. Drones can go up to a speed of 100 km per hour and can fly directly to the victims’ location basis the GPS location.
This transformative technology is set to change the face of first aid and provision of emergency care, especially in cases of heart diseases and distress.
This innovation is especially useful in rural and remote settings, is available 24/7, can skip traffic and travel in straight lines becoming cost-effective and time-saving at the same time.
A study conducted in Canada revealed that survival rates drop by 23% per minute, as time goes by between cardiac arrest and the initiation of defibrillation.
A study conducted in Sweden proved that the response time with drones was reduced by almost 16 minutes compared to the delivery and response of the Emergency Medical Response. It proved that the implementation of drones for the delivery of immediate and emergency care can prove to be a significant improvement in the world of paramedics and life-saving.
The thing to keep in mind here is that the drone network needs to be optimised, ensuring that the response time for out of hospital cardiac arrests is reduced considerably.
If all goes as planned, we can see this move being implemented as early as next year. Soon, we can see the face of emergency response and medicine change, and for good.