In the world of health and medicine, time plays a very important factor. A timely arrival of medicine, a quick and unobstructed trip to the hospital – these determine whether a patient lives or dies. Drones are starting to find use in the medical field, mostly to deliver goods to and from health centers. In Canada, a new trend may soon have them replacing ambulances when responding in emergencies.
Canada Drone Defibrillators
In Canada, the next step into drone emergency aid may soon arrive. Drone Delivery Canada successfully outraced an ambulance to an emergency scenario. The drone managed to drop off an automated external defibrillator before the ambulance can even arrive in the area.
The concept is simple enough. A flying drone can navigate through the landscape faster than an ambulance on the ground. Ambulances, while capable of ignoring traffic and street pathing, can still take a long time to arrive. The arrival of an ambulance – or more importantly, the contents of it, is vital in a patient’s survival. An early defibrillator can mean a higher chance of survival for the person in the field.
Canada and Drones in Healthcare
Drones’ jobs may not end there. They may soon deliver the patients themselves to the hospital. Similar to taxi drones, ambulance drones are autonomous, and can carry one adult. It can then fly the patient to the nearest care unit, which gives the person a greater chance to live.
The ambulance drone still has some issues needed addressing, however. Firstly, stability is an important factor when transporting a person. Someone in a car accident may receive further injury if the trip to the hospital was a bumpy one. The weight limits also mean that the patient would be alone for the duration of the trip. This would mean the absence of responders, which could react if the patient suffers further conditions while on the trip.