It’s estimated that out of the roughly 800,000 people who suffer a cardiac arrest in the EU each year, only about 8% of them survive. That’s in large part due to how long it can take emergency services to reach the patient. While 10 minutes may not seem like much, brain death occurs in 4 to 6 minutes so every second counts. That’s why a device like Alec Momont Ambulance Drone could save lives. It would carry a defibrillator, travel up to 60 mph, and be able to reach its target within one minute. The patient’s exact location would be communicated via their smartphone’s GPS, and as long as someone is nearby to administer treatment, survival rates could easily increase to 80%
The drone is a graduation project at the moment, and isn’t in the process of getting to market. However, Alec intends to pursue its development and hopes to see a viable product within 5 years.