Emergency Response Drone With Defibrillator Inside

October 30, 2014


Are you...my daughter?

This is the ambulance drone invented by 23-year old Dutch student Alec Momont. It packs a defibrillator inside and was designed to be able to reach cardiac arrest victims quicker than traditional emergency response teams. Because when you're having a heart attack, the last thing you want between you and a defibrillator is a bunch of @$$holes in their cars too busy texting to get out of the way of an ambulance.

'Around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only 8.0 percent survive,' Momont, 23, said at the TU Delft University. 'The main reason for this is the relatively long response time of emergency services of around 10 minutes, while brain death and fatalities occur with four to six minutes,' he said. 'The ambulance drone can get a defibrillator to a patient within a 12 square kilometre (4.6 square miles) zone within a minute, increasing the chance of survival from 8 percent to 80 percent.'

The drone tracks emergency mobile calls and uses the GPS to navigate. Once at the scene, an operator, like a paramedic, can watch, talk and instruct those helping the victim by using an on-board camera connected to a control room via a livestream webcam.

Oh cool, it has a webcam so professionals can help walk someone else through the defibrillation process. That's a relief, because I'm not sure I'd be able to do it on my own. Do I put the shock paddles directly on the victim's nipples? The sides of their head? Actually, I'm not sure I'd be much help regardless. Because one time I was out to dinner with a friend when he started choking and I panicked and just started kneeing him in the nuts. We're not friends anymore. Get it? Because he died.

Keep going for a video about the life-saving copter.

Thank to TonyPepparoni, who probably tastes great sliced and baked on top of a pizza with mushrooms and black olives.

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  • Jason Callahan

    The bystander is crucial and cannot be replaced. First of all, it is the bystander that alerts the emergency medical system to send to EAD drone. Secondly, the bystander can be performing chest compressions while waiting for the drone. If the bystander was not there to help, they outcome would likely be much worse. I would hope the drone also comes with some aspirin and pepper spray! What? never heard that pepper spray can snap somebody back to life by causing a surge of adrenaline to be released. Well it does! but should only be used in addition to chest compressions. Also, if you use the pepper spray method, don't provide mouth to mouth breathing afterwards.

  • Only a matter of time before the cut out the middle man and just fire the defibrillator contacts at the dudes chest. These will do fine in the first wave of the robot apocalypse.

  • "Are you...my daughter?" ... giggled like an idiot at work. Thanks GW

  • Konstantin

    This still relies on a semi-competent person to assist it. And given that it probably only packs enough juice for a single jolt, I wonder how practical it would be to simply combine it with a Taser instead. That way, it can also serve as a security drone in a pinch.

  • markus

    Semi-literate will be sufficient in a pinch. Those defis have speech output to talk you through the process and nice, easy to understand pictures about where to place the electrodes. Once you've stuck on the electrodes, all you have to do is keep your hands off. Biggest obstacle is actually getting a bystander to drop their smartphone and actually do something.

    Of course, having done a first aid course will help a bit - especially if the defi can't help and you have to do CPR.

    As for 'only a single jolt' - not quite. Once stuck on, they're supposed to stay connected at least until the ambulance arrives and a paramdeic takes over, and if unsuccessful (yep, they do take an ECG recording, for several reasons) will repeat the procedure every minute or so (while, in the meantime, instructing you to do CPR).

  • Konstantin

    The problem with a bystander is that once the heart actually went into fibrilation, you have minutes to defibrilate, or there is going to be too much brain damage. Any sort of stalling from bystander might be critical. There isn't also a guarantee of a bystander.

    I wasn't really entirely serious about the Taser thing initially, but the more I think about it, the more I think it'd be a good backup to have. Just "paint" some IR crosshairs on the target, and drone operator would just have to line them up before firing the needles. These will let you monitor heart beat and confirm fibrilation just as well as stick-on pads would. So even if patient is unconscious and alone when drone arrived, you'd at least know you're not making it worse by trying.

    And yeah, I thought this would take a lot more energy. Reading up on it, defibrilator jolt is only 100-200J. It'll need a bit to recharge the capacitors, but no problem running as many jolts as it takes from drone's battery. So, at least, trying again isn't going to be an issue.


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  • Spice Devil

    if that gets used in the US, someone will shoot it down.

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