A Dutch student has developed a prototype ambulance drone. The flying defibrillator has the potential to reach heart attacks victims in a matter of minutes using GPS. With a top speed of around 100km/h, the drones would be placed in key locations around cities and could easily reach victims of heart attacks within the necessary time frame.
“The main reason for this is the relatively long response time of emergency services of around 10 minutes, while brain death and fatalities occur with four to six minutes”, says Alec Momont of his medical innovation.
“The ambulance drone can get a defibrillator to a patient within a 12 square kilometre (4.6 square miles) zone within a minute, increasing the chance of survival from 8 percent to 80 percent”
Once at the scene a remote operator can watch and talk to the nearby caller, helping them deliver the life saving shock. Momont hopes to increase the capabilities of the drone, adding an oxygen mask and other emergency necessities. The drones are expected to cost around $20k.