Finally, in the news this week on the MedicCast is a story that got quite a bit of attention when I posted it to my social media channels a few weeks ago when it first appeared in my news feed. A dutch student came up with a prototype of a new remote drone ambulance that could be used to deliver an AED to the scene of a cardiac arrest much more quickly than the arrival of an EMS unit.
Delivering Shock Remotely with Flying EMS Drone AED
The concept is an interesting one that would hold a lot more weight with some health professionals were the news photo not blatantly showing a patient with the defibrillator pads in the wrong place. Remote drone AED or not, there is no way it will save anyone when the pads are put on in the wrong places or when the law for drones in the UK doesn’t allow this type of service. But the bad picture staging aside I think this could be a true innovation for an urban area or a large crowded festival setting where EMS arrival might be delayed due to traffic or crowds.
Imagine having a potential cardiac arrest call come in and a remotely staged drone AED nearby is activated and flown directly to the scene of the downed patient while EMS is being dispatched from their location, you could even try this as a rehearsal and for this you’d only need the best drones under 200. There are some things that need to be worked out, like who’s going to drive the thing and the safety of bystanders when it lands nearby. But we know that the rapid delivery of an AED to the scene of a cardiac arrest results in a higher rate of saves.
More AED Access is a Good Thing!
One way to do that is to have a lot of AEDs staged around an area so there is always one within walking distance nearby. Another is to use something like this where we have fewer, self-mobile AEDs that can self deploy to the scene of an arrest. It’s a neat concept.
What do you think? I look forward to hearing from all of you as always. Leave a comment on the article or show notes page here or shoot me an email and let me know what you think!
Follow up on the links to this news item and all the other articles and resources in this week’s episode show notes – Safe EMS Patient Lifting and Handling and Episode 412.