Meet the flying defibrillator that could one day save your life. Imagine being fine one minute, out and about on the street with a family member or friends when all of a sudden you get sharp pains in your chest and your heart hurts – you could be having a heart attack. In steps the Flying Defibrillator Drone.
Your chance of surviving would normally be slim, but this drone could dramatically improve that chance.
Every year 800,000 people suffer from a cardiac arrest in Europe and shockingly only 8% survive. The main reason for this high mortality rate is the amount of time it can take for an emergency response team to get to a patient. Within four to six minutes brain death can occur after the heart has stopped but the ambulance drone can get to anyone within a 4.6 mile zone within just a minute.
This means that the survival rate for cardiac arrests can be improved form 8% to 80%. The drone tracks down the patient using GPS and once it arrives at the scene a phone operator can talk those already helping the victim through the process of using the defibrillator via a livestream webcam. The drone currently costs $19,000 and is only available in Amsterdam, but if a success we can see it coming to a town or city near you very soon.