Drones Can Get Defibrillators to Bystanders Faster Than EMS Can — Physician’s First Watch

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June 14, 2017

Drones Can Get Defibrillators to Bystanders Faster Than EMS Can

By the Editors

Fully autonomous drones — equipped with a global positioning system and autopilot software — could speed delivery of automated external defibrillators to bystanders during an episode of sudden cardiac arrest, a JAMA research letter finds.

During 18 simulated cases in Sweden, the drone arrived to the site of cardiac arrest faster than emergency medical services (roughly 5 vs. 22 minutes). There were no adverse events during the flights.

Dr. Daniel Pallin of NEJM Journal Watch Emergency Medicine offers his take on the findings at the link below.

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