Drone saved a Swedish man who was suffering from a heart attack.
A 71-year-old Swedish man who suffered a heart attack while shovelling snow in his driveway was saved by an unlikely hero – a delivery drone. Sven, a retiree who asked for his last name to be withheld, collapsed outside his home in the western town of Trollhättan in early December.
Within moments of receiving the call from Sven’s wife, emergency services dispatched the unmanned aerial vehicle carrying an AED, or automated external defibrillator, which arrived in less than four minutes.
Emergency Medical Aerial Delivery came to the rescue.
The system, called Emergency Medical Aerial Delivery (EMADE), was developed by Everdrones to assist patients within 10 minutes of experiencing cardiac arrest.
‘Everything from the first 112 calls to the drone getting the signal to start and go took about 15-30 seconds and then the whole process took about three and a half minutes,’ Sven told AFP.
So how does it work?
An AED is a computerized medical device that can detect a person’s heart rhythm and deliver a shock to the heart as needed.
And it needs to be used within four to six minutes of the person going into cardiac arrest in order to prevent death. When Sven collapsed onto the cold pavement on December 9, Dr Mustafa Ali just so happen to drive by, stopped and began to perform CPR.
And he was there to use the AED when it arrived.
‘I was on my way to work at the local hospital when I looked out the car window and saw a man collapsed in his driveway, said Ali.
‘I immediately understood that something was wrong and rushed to help. The man had no pulse, so I started doing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) while asking another bystander to call 112 (the Swedish emergency number).
‘Just minutes later, I saw something flying above my head. It was a drone with a defibrillator!’
How it works.
The defibrillator, which gives electric shocks to the heart of a patient in cardiac arrest, was lowered to the ground via a winch, meaning the drone didn’t need to land to deliver the device.
‘I can’t put into words how thankful I am to this new technology and the speedy delivery of the defibrillator. If it wasn’t for the drone I probably wouldn’t be here, said the 71-year-old patient who has made a full recovery and now has been able to return to his home.
Everyone stated its network can currently reach 200,000 residents in Sweden and ‘is expected to expand to more locations in Europe during 2022.’ In future, the unmanned aircraft could be fitted with other medical equipment.
Mats Sallstrom, CEO of Everdrone told AFP said:
‘You could imagine these drones delivering trauma kits in various situations… going to hard to reach islands or other places where it’s hard to go at all,’ Mats Sallstrom, CEO of Everdrone told AFP.
‘We started with the defibrillator because it’s such a time-critical event’ where a drone can really make a difference, he added.
It’s clear that when technology is well used it can tackle many issues that we ourselves would be unable to conquer. Question is, when will third world countries like Kenya get there?