Drone flies blood samples to speed up emergency medical care [Video]

A Wingcopter drone recently flew a distance of 16 miles (26 kilometers), transporting blood samples nearly twice as fast as ground-based vehicles, to showcase how the use of drones could improve emergency medical care in rural areas significantly.

The trial flights were carried out by Germany’s Greifswald University Medical Center as part of a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Health as well as the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure, and Digitalization of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.

These beyond the pilots’ visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone flights transported a pneumatic tube carrying 250 grams of blood samples. It took the Wingcopter drone an average of 18 minutes to complete the delivery – almost twice as fast as conventional transport.

The goal of Greifswald University Medical Center is to establish permanent flight connections between the establishment and hospitals in the surrounding region as soon as possible. As such, if in the…