A Swedish drone trial, led by Dr. Sofia Schierbeck, a researcher at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, used drones to deliver automated external defibrillators (AED) to save heart attack victims.
The trials were carried out from June to September 2020 in the city of Gothenburg within a five-kilometre radius of the local airport. The drones carrying an AED were faster than ground transport and could arrive at the place of emergency 2 minutes earlier. Since drones could deliver defibrillators significantly earlier than ground responders, they could increase the survival chance of heart attack patients.
Although using drones for AED deliveries could potentially save more lives, weather conditions like rain and wind can make drone operations difficult. Hence, the research team of Dr, Sofia Schierbeck aims to improve the delivery drone’s capabilities.