Could drones be the future of emergency health care?

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A student has invented a drone that has a built in defibrillator – which could conceivably fly to people in need much quicker than an ambulance stuck in traffic.

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Alec Mormont from Delft University has come up with the concept: The drone can fly up to 100kph, and a network of drones could boost cardiac arrest survival rates from 8% to 80%.

The drone also has a built in webcam and speaker, so that the emergency services can see what is happening and help whoever is on the scene use the defibrillator correctly.

It’s a really clever idea. The only draw-back is that each drone would cost around €15,000 – or almost £12,000.

James O’Malley