This isn't the first invention of a flying defibrillator. The first one was a Dutch engineer, Alec Momont, who created the “Ambulance Drone.” That drone can fly into an emergency situation while bringing first aid and live video for dispatch to assess the situation. It currently is in a prototype stage, but once available, it will cost around $20,000 each. However, the newest invention, which is very similar to the Dutch invention, will likely cost a lot less.
Russian scientists at the Moscow Technology Institute has developed a similar invention to the Dutch to save lives who are in need of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The scientists simply secured a defibrillator to a drone.
The drone’s range is about 31 miles and is capable of carrying about 6.6 pounds. “Under control of the operator, the drone delivers defibrillator by air as soon as possible,” said one of the team members who helped with this project. “The device operates both in manual and in automatic mode.”
In addition, the drone can carry medicine and biomaterials to the scene, as well as a camera and speakerphone for a medical consultant to assess and instruct the situation. Inventions like these can dramatically cut wait time and save lives.
There still needs to be someone at the landing site in order for the defibrillator to be connected to the injured person. The defibrillator will analyze the ECG, store appropriate data, and, if needed, produce a series of electric shocks to interrupt the chaotic rhythm and allow the heart to return to normal.
The spokesman of this project said that these drones can be dispatched from local hospitals or other stations—meaning the drone could potentially reach a person faster than an ambulance traveling on the streets.
The video below shows Russia's latest drone invention in action! What do you think?