In Sweden, a pensioner survives thanks to a drone

Drones equipped with medical equipment have been tested in Sweden for several years. Often, such “air assistants” arrive at the scene much faster than ambulances. With the help of a dispatcher, Everdrone sends a drone with a defibrillator to the emergency room so that the equipment is on hand for the arrival of specialists.

While clearing snow, the 71-year-old retiree suffered a heart attack, and luckily a doctor was nearby who responded quickly. He was able to provide the victim with first aid, using a defibrillator that was delivered by a drone.

According to statistics, the service has 14 messages about heart attacks in four months. In 11 out of 12 cases, defibrillators were successfully delivered to their destination. According to Everdrone, about 275,000 Europeans suffer from cardiac arrest each year. In 70% of cases, there is no defibrillator in private homes. The survival rate in such conditions is 10%.

As CEO Mats Sellström said, “Drones are a prime example of how Everdrone’s high tech and emergency services can save lives by reducing waiting times for medical equipment.”

The company says it plans to expand its relief program to cover more cities in Europe. At the moment, about 200 thousand residents of Sweden are under the protection of drones.

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