Drone delivers defibrillator saves coronary heart assault sufferers

An autonomous drone supplies a defibrillator – and saves the life of a cardiac arrest patient. Swedish drone company Everdrone says it’s a medical history first – but the grateful patient says it’s a technology that should be used everywhere.

Seconds count for heart attack patients: the minutes it takes an ambulance to reach a patient in cardiac arrest can mean the difference between life and death. Autonomous drones offer a breakthrough solution. The autonomous drone specialist Everdrone operates the drone delivery system in the Västra Götaland region, supported by Vinnova, Swelife and Medtech4Health. Their innovative solution was developed together with the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet, SOS Alarm and the Västra Götaland region.

Now technology can claim a saved life. In Trollhättan, Sweden, an autonomous drone from Everdrone delivered a defibrillator on December 9, 2021 that saved the life of a 71-year-old man.

“This is a really revolutionary technology that has to be used everywhere,” says the patient, who has now fully recovered. The applications are huge, according to Everdrone:

Approximately 275,000 patients in Europe and 350,000 in the US have OHCA [out of hospital cardiac arrest] yearly. Approximately 70% of OHCAs occur in homes without AEDs on-site, and ambulance response times are often too long to save the patient’s life. The chance of survival decreases by 7–10% every minute after the collapse, so the current survival rate in OHCA patients is only 10%. Everdrone’s innovative airborne AED delivery service is a proven method to address this critical issue. The service can currently reach 200,000 residents in Sweden and will be expanded to other locations in Europe in the course of 2022.

In this case, a 71-year-old man was shoveling snow in his driveway after suffering an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). “Thanks to the combination of an immediate emergency call, the quick action of Dr. Mustafa Ali and the speedy delivery of an automated external defibrillator (AED), life-saving measures by defibrillation could be initiated even before the ambulance arrived [the patient’s] Lives have been saved, ”reads the press release. “The time from the alarm to the safe delivery of the AED to the front door of the emergency location was a little more than three minutes. After the initial on-site treatment, the patient was admitted to the hospital and is now fully recovered. ”

For the doctor who used the device, Dr. Mustafa Ali, the experience was unique.

“I was on my way to work at the local hospital when I looked out the car window and saw a man collapse in his driveway,” says Dr. Ali. “I understood immediately that something was wrong and I hurried to help. The man did not have a pulse, so I started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while asking another bystander to call 112 (the Swedish emergency number). Just a few minutes later, I saw something fly over my head. It was a drone with a defibrillator! “

“This is a great real-life example of how Everdrone’s state-of-the-art drone technology, which is fully integrated into emergency dispatching, can minimize the time it takes to access life-saving AED devices,” said Mats Sällström, CEO of Everdrone.

Everdrone’s solution has been scientifically proven to reduce response times and the full study was published in the European Heart Journal.

Read more about Everdrone: Providing Defibrillators, Obtaining a European Patent, and More.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional marketplace for drone services, and a passionate observer of the emerging drone industry and regulatory environment for drones. Author of over 3,000 articles focusing on the commercial drone space, Miriam is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam graduated from the University of Chicago and has over 20 years experience in high-tech sales and marketing for emerging technologies.
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