Defibrillator drone delivery

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Researchers study use of AED-carrying drones to save lives

By DRONELIFE Feature Editor Jim Magill

In responding to medical emergencies, such as when a person is suffering a heart attack, seconds count. Shortening the length of time between when a call is placed to a 911 operator and when medical help is delivered to the scene could mean the difference between life and death.

To meet this challenge, researchers in the U.S. and Canada are studying the development of systems that use drones to deliver automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs), portable and easy to operate devices that ordinary people on the scene can use to keep the patient alive while waiting for the emergency medical technicians to arrive by ambulance.

A recent study by scientists at the University of Southern California used artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology to examine the optimal strategies for siting locations for drone bases or depots, to…