Defibrillator Equipped Drones Speed Treatment To Those In Need - PSFK

When someone is having a cardiac arrhythmia, getting an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to that person as quickly as possible can often be the difference between life and death. The problem is that AEDs are usually only readily available in high pedestrian traffic areas such as airports or sports stadiums, due to the cost of each device. In less populated areas, it can sometimes take hours for the necessary equipment to arrive. Imagine if there was a quick and easy way to get the lifesaving tools to someone in need, faster than any ambulance or EMT.

The Defikopter is a drone that can deliver a defibrillator to heart attack victims much quicker than emergency responders. Conceived by Germany-based nonprofit Definetz, the system can carry an AED to any location based on its GPS coordinates. Although the system is still in the early stages of development, the team are developing a smartphone app that those with heart problems, or their family, can download and have on hand in case of emergency.

Defikopter: Delivering a Defibrillator via Drones

You hear about unmanned drones being used for military operations and police surveillance, but there’s a new category emerging: public health: the Defikopter is a drone that can deliver defibrillators to heart attack victims much quicker than emergency responders.

Germany-based nonprofit Definetz developed the system to carry defibrillators to any location given its GPS co-ordinates. Emergency service responders could use the drones to fly defibrillators to the scene at speeds of up to 43 miles per hour. 

What other medical applications for drones will emerge?  Delivery of other types of equipment or even life-saving medications?