Hello folks, today I have brought a new application of flying copter over the conventional ways. When an ‘Engineering Student’ does something innovative in his/her field that fascinates me and motivates too to inspire others in doing so. The latest innovation is a ‘drone ambulance’ created by Alec Momont, an engineering student from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
The time taken to receive a person with severe cardiac arrest is often a deciding factor between the life and death. If the person is untrained then it became tricky to operate public defibrillators. He decipher the situation and came out with an idea of removing this difficulty by constructing a drone specifically for the scenario.
He proposed the solution by making an ambulance drone, carrying a defibrillator to the patient deployed within fraction of time before the emergency services to arrive.
How does it work?
In case, a patient has a cardiac arrest and makes an emergency call, the ambulance drone tracks the call location using an inbuilt GPS for navigation and fly with a speed of 100km per hour. An operator operates it and helps like a paramedic, gives instruction to someone nearby on how to use the defibrillator to treat the patient. An inbuilt camera is incorporated that allows the operator ensuring the defibrillator is being used correctly.
The ambulance drone is six winged copter that can travel to a location within 12 square km in a minute. According to the maker, it increases patient’s probability of survival ten times when met with cardiac arrest.
The design prototype is developed with the frame made of carbon composites. The structure is light weight capable of carrying itself with the requiring tools. It would replace the conventional medical toolbox that weights around 3 to 5 kg. Also the inbuilt loudspeaker helps reducing the caused due to the situation while helping the person in need.
In a press release, currently 20 percent untrained people are able to successfully apply the defibrillator. This rate though can be increased upto 90 percent if people are provided with the instructions at the incidence.
The ambulance drone is in progress for increasing efficient and ability to avoid obstacles mid-flight. We all hope that it would take the sky and save many lives in future.
Ambulance Drone over car ambulance is better because –
- An average ambulance takes around 30 min to reach the patient
- There are possibilities of trapping into traffic situations too.
- Sometimes to navigate person is not an easy task.
- The key to win the death and life combat is to be quick; ambulance drone increases the winning possibilities for that.
- Effectiveness diminishes by 10 percent for every minute that passes by before the implication of the defibrillation.
I hope that this article would be helpful you in engineering project ideas. We are the engineers and that’s the prestige. We help people in innovating what they need, making their life easier. I insist you to invent something like this.
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