Student Transforms Drones Into Defibrillators to Give Cardiac Arrest Patients a Fighting Chance

When it comes to cardiac arrest, response time is critical. An ambulance drone that delivers defibrillators to patients could be a game-changer.
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When it comes to cardiac arrest, response time is critical. An ambulance drone that delivers defibrillators to patients could be a game-changer.

We often associate drones with surveillance and destruction, but one graduate student in the Netherlands wants to change that. 

Alec Momont, who studies at the Delft University of Technology, dreamed of using drones for medical emergencies, not military missions. He teamed up with Living Tomorrow, a research company based in Belgium, to create an ambulance drone, The Washington Post reported

The ambulance drone has a built-in defibrillator and includes a webcam, so an emergency operator can assist the person attending to the patient from afar. Most importantly, it’s fast.

“The ambulance drone is not affected by current road infrastructure,” Momont explained in a YouTube video. “It is capable of flying in a straight line, bringing down the average response time of an ambulance from ten minutes to one.”

And when it comes to cardiac arrest, response time is critical. For every minute defibrillation is delayed, the odds of survival are reduced approximately by 10%, according to the American Red Cross.

The Washington Post said that the ambulance drone project “is still in the early stages,” but Momont hopes his invention can be carried out within five years.

“Let’s use drones for a good purpose,” Momont said on YouTube. “Let us use drones to save lives.”

Learn more about the ambulance drone at Alec Momont’s website and watch a demo of the ambulance drone below.

Top photo courtesy of Alec Momont.

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