One student's prototype drone could improve EMS by delivering AED to 911 caller within two minutes

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Nov 10, 2014


A story posted to EMS1 recently has gotten a lot of attention, so we wanted to share the news about an AED-carrying drone that could improve EMS with our readers. One of the most important considerations in emergency medical treatment is response time. Alec Momont, an engineering graduate at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, has created a rapid response drone prototype. It is able to fly at speeds of up to 60 mph while carrying a defibrillator and equipped with features that could reduce the time before a heart attack victim receives first aid, greatly increasing the chances of recovery.

"It is essential that the right medical care is provided within the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest," Momont said. 'If we can get to an emergency scene faster, we can save many lives and facilitate the recovery of many patients. This especially applies to emergencies such as heart failure, drownings, traumas and respiratory problems, and it has become possible because life-saving technologies, such as a defibrillator, can now be designed small enough to be transported by a drone."

The prototype drone is designed to be deployed when emergency services receive a cardiac arrest call. Unconstrained by traffic and roads, the drone, in theory, could arrive at the scene faster than an ambulance. Because it cannot, however, carry EMTs, it is equipped with the next best thing: livestream audio and video connection that will allow medical professionals to deliver instructions to people at the site, viewing the situation through the webcam and talking the responder through the treatment -- including how to use the defibrillator.

Watch the video above, and let us know how much you think this could impact EMS.