Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) has collaborated with drone delivery service provider Flirtey to launch an automated external defibrillator (AED) drone delivery programme in the US.
The emergency drone service is intended to provide lifesaving defibrillators to sudden cardiac arrest victims.
Upon receiving a cardiac arrest call, REMSA’s 9-1-1 communications centre will dispatch an AED carrying the Flirtey drone and an ambulance to the scene.
Through the initiative, the firms expect to increase the odds of survival for the victims by delivering an AED within minutes of an emergency call.
Using the delivered AED, bystanders can administer care before the arrival of paramedics, which might depend on distance from the emergency scene, traffic and call volume.
Flirtey CEO Matthew Sweeny said: “We have the ability to deliver lifesaving aid into the hands of people who need it – why aren’t we as a society doing it already?
“This is one of the most important uses of drone delivery technology and we believe that, by democratising access to this lifesaving aid, our technology will save more than a million lives over the decades to come.”
Flirtey and REMSA are working on the development of an emergency response and 9-1-1-integration process to enable quick deployment of the drones.
The firms intend to incorporate Flirtey’s flight planning software into REMSA’s specialised patient care and transport programmes, which include ground ambulance system, the Care Flight airplane, as well as the helicopter air ambulance service.
In addition to obtaining approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the firms are planning a public education campaign for integration of the AED drone delivery service into the community.