When you have an emergency, the time it takes for help to arrive can be the difference between life and death. An ambulance takes an average of 10 minutes to get to the scene of an accident – too late to be of help in some cases. The Ambulance Drone seeks to save lives by bridging the gap between the time it takes to call for help and the time it takes for help to arrive. Essentially, the drone is an all-purpose medical kit with emergency supplies for lifesaving procedures.
Inside the drone is a defibrillator, CPR aids and various medicines. Given that it doesn’t have to fight traffic on the way to the scene, the drone can arrive as quickly as one minute after being dispatched. The idea is that when an emergency call comes in, the drone can head to the scene ahead of the ambulance to help provide immediate assistance.
Beyond just providing the necessary tools for an emergency, the drone can also act as a camera and communication device, allowing the emergency response team the ability to see the environment and communicate with people at the scene. It would even allow emergency responders the ability to remotely activate the defibrillator once it has been put in place. The drone was created by Delft University graduate Alex Monton, who believes that widespread use of the drones could help boost emergency survival rates from 8-percent to 80-percent.
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