Russian Engineers Develop Drone with Defibrillator
Russian engineers at the Moscow Technology Institute (MTI), in collaboration with medical equipment manufacturer Altomedika, have developed a drone which comes with its own defibrillator.
The concept of having drones to deliver medical aid isn’t new and in recent years we’ve seen a number of drone designs and services being developed specifically for medical use. Such drones are already being used in third world countries that have poor land transportation infrastructure such as Rwanda and Madagascar to deliver blood and medical supplies.
The drone developed by MTI and Altomedika is one of many new and exciting developments in the medical frontier involving flying robots. “Flying ambulance” drones are meant to improve emergency response times of current systems that make use of ambulances that travel on land. MTI’s drone was designed to provide assistance quickly to patients who require cardiopulmonary resuscitation within a range of 50km. It has a maximum payload of 3kg and can fly in a fully autonomous or semi-autonomous mode.
The only thing that it does not come with is a paramedic needed for operating its defibrillator. For that, an operator on the ground is required to perform the resuscitation with the assistance of instructions on the defibrillator’s screen which appear in graphical and voice form. The defibrillator is capable of analyzing a patient’s ECG, store data of its readings for later analysis and also deliver electrical discharges via electrodes for cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Besides carrying a defibrillator, the drone can also be rigged for other purposes. This includes carrying medical supplies. It can also be fitted with a camera and speakerphone so a doctor can remotely provide emergency consultation to patients or first responders.