Drone helps save cardiac arrest patient in Sweden

The drone delivered a defibrillator to a doctor helping the man, who became ill while shoveling snow outside his home in Trollhattan, Sweden. The man, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC that it was “fantastic” that he arrived so quickly.

The company behind the drone says it meant defibrillation could begin before an ambulance arrived. Everdrone says it took just over three minutes from when the alarm went off until the automated external defibrillator (AED) was delivered.

Drone with defibrillator

Drone with defibrillator.

The patient originally from Sweden told the BBC that he does not remember what happened that day in early December. He was shoveling thick snow from his driveway, but when cardiac arrest struck, “everything went black,” he said.

Later, his wife told him how lucky he had been. Dr Mustafa Ali, who was driving by at the time, rushed to help, telling Everdrone, “I was on my way to work at the local hospital when I looked out the car window and saw a man collapsed on the driveway. entry.

“The man had no pulse, so I started doing CPR while asking another passerby to call 112 (the Swedish emergency number).” A few minutes later, I saw something flying above my head. It was a drone with a defibrillator. “

Everdrone CEO Mats Sallstrom believes the technology was involved in a team effort to save the patient’s life. “It’s a doctor doing CPR, it’s early defibrillation, it’s treatment in the ambulance on the way to the hospital,” he told the BBC.

“It is important to understand that there is a chain of events that save a person’s life, and the drone is a very critical part of how that system works.”

According to information obtained by The Truth News, 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.

In 2020, the group explored the use of drones to deliver defibrillators in Gothenburg and Kungalv in western Sweden.

During the four-month study, the Karolinska researchers found that drones were dispatched to 12 of the 14 cases of suspected cardiac arrest, and that they successfully delivered an AED in all but one. In seven cases, the drones arrived before the ambulances.

In the December incident, it was fortunate that a doctor was around, but questions remain as to whether members of the public without medical training would know what to do with a defibrillator. In the 2020 study, no devices were connected to patients, although the reasons are unclear.

Mr. Sallstrom said they are designed to be used by an untrained person, adding: “In these scenarios, you are also on the phone with the emergency center and they can guide you.”

Since 2020, Everdrone says the system has gotten much faster; the focus now is to work closely with dispatchers who give instructions to people on site.

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