As the drone industry has grown, so has the number of applications for using them. We found out about a group of researchers in Canada who have paired defibrillators with drone delivery. The result could help save the lives of those experiencing cardiac arrest.
Tim Chan is an associate professor at Toronto University. Recently his work has been focussed on Optimization and Analytics in Healthcare. It’s the kind of work that can lead to a more efficient way of helping people with various health issues.
Tim and his group of researchers explored various ways that they could get defibrillators to those who need them. With cardiac arrest, every second counts.
The team looked at data from 56,000 cardiac arrests over a 9 year period and applied their algorithm to see if the drones could beat the ambulances.
Their calculations showed that with drone-equipped defibrillators, they could cut ambulance response time in half in more than 90 percent of cardiac arrests as they are always looking for new ways to cut back on critical minutes.
It may be several years until this kind of application is put in place, but we are thrilled to see these drones used in life-saving situations.
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