There's no doubt we live in amazing times. But even in today's advanced medical world, if a person has a cardiac arrest at their home, statistics show less than 10% will survive it If the heart stops beating, the brain dies within 4-6 minutes. This sad fact, coupled with an average ambulance response time of 10 or more minutes, leads to this low chances of survival.
Now comes Alec Momont, a Dutch graduate of Delft University of Technology, has designed a very special drone he believes can drastically improve these numbers. What you really need, Alec surmised, is a defibrillator to jump-start the heart. An ambulane is too slow, but a drone can bring you that defibrillator in just one minute.
So as ambulances are too slow to arrive on time, a drone, moving at speeds of 100 km/h can reach patients within 7.4 square miles (12 square km) around it in an almost direct line of flight - in only one minute, raising the odds of survival to a hypothetical 80%.
One problem that always existed is that only about 20% of people understand how to use the defibrillator on their own when they first try it, not to mention under stress conditions. That is where the modern drone comes in so handy. It will have a camera, a mic and a speaker so a medical expert can talk to the person there, guide them through the process of using the defibrillator, while they watch everthing and can correct the person in real time.
Now we need to wait and see if this young Dutch inventor's idea can one day soon save many a life by getting there first.
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