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posted by martyb on Saturday January 08 2022, @03:31PM   Printer-friendly
from the can't-"beat"-it! dept.

Drone helps save cardiac arrest patient in Sweden:

An autonomous drone has helped to save the life of a 71-year-old man who was suffering a cardiac arrest.

The drone delivered a defibrillator to a doctor helping the man, who became ill while shovelling snow outside his house in Trollhattan, Sweden.

The man, who didn't wish to be named, told the BBC it was "fantastic" that it arrived so quickly.

The company behind the drone says it meant that defibrillation could begin before the arrival of an ambulance.

Everdrone says it took just over three minutes from the alarm being raised until the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was delivered.

[...] The patient told the BBC he doesn't remember what happened that day in early December.

He was clearing thick snow from his driveway but when the cardiac arrest hit, "everything went black", he said.

[...] Dr Mustafa Ali, who happened to be driving past at the time, rushed to help and told Everdrone: "I was on my way to work at the local hospital when I looked out the car window and saw a man collapsed in his driveway.

"The man had no pulse, so I started doing CPR while asking another bystander to call 112 (the Swedish emergency number).

"Just minutes later, I saw something flying above my head. It was a drone with a defibrillator."

Everdrone chief executive Mats Sallstrom believes the technology played a part in a team effort to save the patient's life.

"It's a medical doctor doing CPR, it's the early defibrillation, it's the treatment in the ambulance on the way to the hospital," he told the BBC.

"It's important to understand that there's a chain of events saving the person's life, and the drone is a very critical part of how that system works."

The drone is a partnership between the Karolinska Institutet - Sweden's largest medical university - together with the national emergency operator SOS Alarm, Region Vastra Gotaland and Everdrone.

Finally some happy news.

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  • (Score: 2) by nostyle on Monday January 10 2022, @12:35AM (2 children)

    by nostyle (11497) on Monday January 10 2022, @12:35AM (#1211359) Journal

    ...this stuff might improve to the point where it makes sense to put it in healthy people as well


    In the middle of a pandemic, we can't even convince folks to voluntarily get injected with a vaccine that could save their life.

    Good luck getting them to volunteer for a cardiac implant when they are healthy!

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday January 10 2022, @06:37AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 10 2022, @06:37AM (#1211439) Journal
    You can convince some people. And my take is that more people would adopt as the technology turns out non-creepy and live saving. That checks the box as far as I'm concerned.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @03:14PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11 2022, @03:14PM (#1211775)

    You make it mandatory like the Harkonnen heart valves so they can water the plants with the inferior members blood. Include a cellular or pager style feature and any political dissidents can be easily warned with a defib, or terminated with a longer defib. Also you can save their life if they turn out to be a useful asset!

    Makes you think... you might need a drink.