According to inquisitr.com, grad student Alec Momont developed the drone to reach the scene of an accident in considerably less time than the standard urban emergency services. With most post-cardiac-arrest brain death occurring within 4-6 minutes, the ambulance drone can save lives by reaching anywhere in a 12-kilometer zone in one minute (as opposed to an actual ambulance's 10+ minute arrival time.)
This speed, coupled with onboard defibrillator equipment, could theoretically raise the survival rate from 8% to 80%.
|The Ambulance Drone floats like a butterfly, shocks like an electric eel.|
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The drone uses GPS from an emergency caller's phone to arrive at their position. Onboard cameras, speakers and microphones enable emergency service providers to coach the on-site rescuer in aid techniques until professional lifesavers can arrive.
Momont wants the drones to eventually contain a "flying medical toolbox" with gear including insulin needles and oxygen masks, to provide for other types of emergencies. Now, instead of drones stereotypically raining down "death from above", a more optimistic option can take flight.
|This drone is considerably less helpful to your health.|
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