A defibrillator drone helped save a patient with cardiac arrest – Technology – Science and Technology

A drone carrying a defibrillator helped save a 71-year-old man in Sweden who had a heart attack. The AFP agency wrote about it.

The emergency services sent out a drone, followed by an ambulance to rescue Pensioner Sven. He asked not to disclose his last name. Sven collapsed in early December as he dropped snow in front of his home in the West Swedish town of Trollhättan.

“Everything from the first call to 112 until the drone picked up a signal to take action took about 1,530 seconds. The whole process then took about 3.5 minutes, “Sven told AFP.

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On that fateful day, Dr. Mustafa Ali was happily driving around. He stopped and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, while Sven’s wife called the emergency room. When a drone with a defibrillator arrived to help revive Sven’s heart, the doctor was still with him.

Ali said the drone “really helped” the man’s life, as a combination of rapid resuscitation was used and the drugs given to the retiree in the ambulance arrived a few minutes after the drone.

“I think it’s a really good tool. Especially for patients who are far from the nearest hospital, “added Ali.

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The defibrillator, which sends electric shocks to the heart of a patient affected by a heart attack, was lowered to the ground by a winch. This means that the drone did not have to land to deliver the device. The use of medical drones is part of a test conducted by Everdrone in the Gothenburg area. The drones were developed by the Center for Vocational Resuscitation at the Karolinska Institutet Medical University in cooperation with the SOS Alarm emergency services company and the Västra Götaland Regional Health Authority.

Everdrone said in a statement that its network could now reach 200,000 people in Sweden alone and “is expected to expand to more places in Europe in 2022.”

In the future, these unmanned flying machines may be equipped with other medical devices.

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“Just imagine that such drones will deliver first aid cases in a variety of situations – they will reach hard-to-reach islands or other places where it is difficult to reach at all,” Everdrone CEO Mats Sällström told AFP.

“We started with a defibrillator because it’s a critical event in time where a drone can really make a difference,” added Sällström.

Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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