Drone Carrying a Defibrillator Saves Its First Heart Attack Patient in Sweden

A man in Sweden is alive today thanks to -- in part -- a drone. The 71-year-old had a heart attack while shoveling snow in December and was resuscitated by a nearby doctor after a drone flew in a defibrillator, Everdrone reported this week. From a report: Someone having a heart attack needs help within 10 minutes in order to survive. Everdrone's Emergency Medical Aerial Delivery (EMADE) service is designed to deliver help as quickly as possible -- it allows emergency dispatchers to send a drone carrying the device to a caller's home, kickstarting the lifesaving process before the ambulance arrives at their home. In this particular patient's case, it took three minutes for the services to deliver the defibrillator to his home. A bystander, who happened to be a doctor on the way to his job, used the AED on the patient after providing CPR. The drone was developed with the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet, SOS Alarm, and Region VÃstra Gotaland. "This is an excellent real-world example of how Everdrone's cutting edge drone technology, fully integrated with emergency dispatch, can minimize the time for access to live-saving AED equipment," Everdrone CEO Mats Sallstrpm said.

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