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How AED-carrying drones can improve EMS

A student's prototype drone that delivers an AED to a 911 caller within two minutes could do wonders for cardiac arrest outcomes


This story about AED-carrying drones has taken the internet by storm. And why not?

Instead of the usual negative stories of how technology is taking over the world, here's an example of how drone technology can be of immense help. We know that AEDs are becoming more common in towns and cities across the country.

But, knowing where they are located and having someone retrieve one at the right time is a challenge. New apps are helping to bridge that gap, creating AED registries and notifying subscribers when a critical emergency is nearby.

There is still the human factor though. We haven't yet gotten to the point of requiring all civilians to know how to do CPR, diminishing the likelihood that someone who is trained and willing to assist is nearby.

Having an AED delivered to the caller within two minutes could really help alter outcomes in time-sensitive sudden cardiac arrest. There are a myriad of logistical concerns to iron out, and I am a bit skeptical of the actual time savings involved, but the possibility is exciting to think about. To a larger extent, thinking about how cutting-edge technology is affecting our profession is a great way to daydream about the future. 

I would love to hear from readers as to what other possibilities might exist with new types of technology for EMS. Share your ideas in the comments below.

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