The drones are coming!

This post continues the July CPR technology theme.

stock-footage-two-ambulance-medical-drones-carrying-first-aid-kit-and-aed-kit-for-emergency-medical-care-conceptNope- I’m not referring to the fresh crop of interns, 1st year fellows, or other newbies that grace the hospital system each July.  “Sure, I’d be happy to come in an assess that right lower quadrant pain before you order imaging”.  I’m actually speaking about those flying quad captors that will deliver us packages, spy on our every move – and one day may help us to make a dent in out-of-hospital survival from cardiac arrest.  Check out this quick vid below to see the concept in action:

Survival for pediatric out of hospital arrest is 6% (compared with 4.5% in adults)

Of course, adults arrest far more often than children (incidence of 126 per 100k person-years compared to 8 per 100k person-years).  Time to electricity and time to CPR are fundamental factors in survival, therefore, it is not surprising a large part of the research agenda is currently focussed on prehospital care and methods to improve bystander CPR.

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“Grown-up” obstacle courses, and endurance contests are increasingly gaining popularity among both adolescents and young adults.  These programs often push participants to physical  limits, and may even throw in some modified poisons for extra fun.  There have even been reports of death.   This seems like a perfect environment to send in the drones- for more rapid delivery of electricity and other supplies to far-reaching areas.

What do you think?  Are ambulance drones a good idea?

David Kessler

David Kessler

Director of Clinical Simulation and Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound at Columbia University Medical Center
David is also the research director for INSPIRE (International Network for Pediatric Simulation-Based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education). Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, tae-kwon-do, saxophone, and musical theater.
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David is also the research director for INSPIRE (International Network for Pediatric Simulation-Based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education). Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, tae-kwon-do, saxophone, and musical theater.

One Comment

  1. This is an interesting concept, but unfortunately many law makers are limiting this technology from expansion. For example in NYC, you will be surprised that it is illegal to fly a drone except in some small designated areas. Also it is illegal to fly it in national parks. And if you do fly it in other areas you might face heavy fines and even losing your equipment. As they claim it might breach safety and privacy. For that day to come so many changes need to happen, most importantly our laws.

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