Drone saved the life of a man who was suffering from cardiac arrest
Drone technology has many great uses. From quick deliveries during rush hour, shooting bullets with seeds into the soil from the sky to planting trees we have seen many more awesome applications of drones in recent years. Drones have proven extremely useful in places where humans cannot reach or are unable to perform in a timely and efficient manner.
And now drones became a Lifesaver too.
Earlier this month, An autonomous drone which is developed by a company called Everdrone helped save the life of a 71-year-old man who was suffering a cardiac arrest. The drone delivered a defibrillator when the man suffered a heart attack while shoveling the snow near his house in Trollhattan, Sweden.
After the Everdone staffs got the information about the incident, they sent the drone which is equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to rescue the patient. The drone arrived at the location within three minutes.
When a doctor named Mustafa Ali was on his way to work, he saw the man struggling in his driveway. He suddenly stopped the vehicle and rushed to help without any hesitation. He said, “I was on my way to work at the local hospital when I looked out the car window and saw a man collapsed in his driveway. I immediately understood that something was wrong and rushed to help.”
“The man had no pulse, so I started doing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) while asking another bystander to call 112 (the Swedish emergency number). Just minutes later, I saw something flying above my head. It was a drone with a defibrillator!” he added.
“I can’t put into words how thankful I am to this new technology and the speedy delivery of the defibrillator. If it wasn’t for the drone I probably wouldn’t be here,” the 71-year-old patient told Everdrone.
Everdrone team said that defibrillation could be done quickly before the arrival of an ambulance, thanks to its Emergency Medical Aerial Delivery service (EMADE).
Along with the national emergency operator SOS Alarm, Region Vastra Gotaland, and Everdrone, The medical Aerial delivery drone was developed in a partnership between the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden’s largest medical university.
Everdrone is planning to bring the technology to the remaining countries, including the UK. Nowadays, some UK emergency services are already using drones. The family of an 83-year-old man said that his life was “saved” when he was found by a police drone after being missing for 18 hours.
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