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This is how a drone can save you if you suffer a cardiac arrest

An autonomous drone has helped save the life of a 71-year-old man who suffered cardiac arrest. The drone delivered a defibrillator to a doctor helping the man, who had the heart attack while shoveling snow outside his home in Trollhattan, a remote town in Sweden.

The man, who did not want to be identified, assured local media that it was fantastic that something as sophisticated and complex as a defibrillator could reach such a remote place as quickly as it was.

Drastic reduction of action time

Everdrone, the company that developed and manufactured the drone technology, says that transporting the device as soon as possible meant that defibrillation could begin before an ambulance arrived, giving the paramedics who treated the man a much longer window of time. higher.

Everdrone has explained that just over three minutes passed from the time the alarm sounded until the automatic external defibrillator (AED) was delivered . The man later explained in detail how the defibrillator, and the drone that carried it, saved his life in early January. He was clearing thick snow from his driveway, but when he went into cardiac arrest, “everything went black,” he said.

Later, his wife explained everything that had happened to him and how lucky he had been. Dr. Mustafa Ali, who was driving by at the time, rushed to help the man: “I was on my way to work at the local hospital when I looked out my car window and saw a man passed out on the driveway. entrance of his house […] The man had no pulse, so I began to do CPR while I asked another passerby to call 112.

technology that saves lives

Everdrone CEO Mats Sallstrom believes the technology played a critical role in saving the patient’s life . “It’s a doctor who does CPR, it’s early defibrillation, it’s treatment in the ambulance on the way to the hospital […] It’s important to understand that there is a chain of events that saved this person’s life, and the drone is a very important part of it. evident how that system works.

The manufacture of the drone is the fruit of a partnership between the Karolinska Institutet, the largest medical university in Sweden, together with the national emergency operator SOS Alarm, Region Vastra Gotaland and Everdrone.

In 2020, the research group of this association of companies explored the use of drones to deliver defibrillators in Gothenburg and Kungalv, in western Sweden. During the four-month study, the Karolinska researchers found that the drones were sent to 12 of the 14 suspected cardiac arrest cases and successfully delivered a defibrillator.

In the incident last January, it was fortunate that there was a doctor nearby, but doubts remain as to whether the population without medical training would know what to do with a defibrillator.

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