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Drones take flight to deliver AEDs to cardiac arrest patients

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | August 31, 2021
Cardiology Emergency Medicine European News

She adds that drones could be useful in other medical situations, including delivering epinephrine for anaphylactic shock or glucose to diabetic patients.

North Carolina’s Novant Health is already using drones by Zipline to deliver PPE and other medical supplies to frontline workers as part of its COVID-19 response.

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And back in 2019, CVS teamed up with the United Parcel Service, creator of the U.S.’ first fully-certified drone airline, UPS Flight Forward, to deliver its drug prescriptions to patients via drones. Around the same time, FedEx was testing drone deliveries with Google's Wing along with Walgreens.

Cardiac arrest is estimated to be responsible for one in five deaths in industrialized countries. The mortality rate stands at 90%, and survival has not improved over the years, according to Schierbeck. “This is the first ever proof of concept and the starting point for the use of drones in emergency medicine worldwide.

The findings were published in the European Heart Journal.

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