‘Ambulance drone’ prototype could help save lives

A STUDENT in Holland has unveiled a prototype for an ambulance drone.

Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, the ambulance drone can hit speeds of up to 100km/h and deliver life-saving equipment to patients within minutes.

The drone can carry a four kilogram load, such as a defibrillator.


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Momont said the drone can get a defibrillator to a heart attack victim within 12 square kilometre in one minute, increasing the chance of survival from eight per cent to 80 per cent.

The drone tracks emergency mobile calls and uses GPS to navigate to a location. Once at the scene, paramedics can assist those helping the victim by using an on-board camera connected to a control room.

The drone prototype has already attracted the interest of emergency services.

Momont wants the drone to be “flying medical toolbox”, with the ability to carry an oxygen mask to a person trapped in a fire or an insulin injection to a diabetes sufferer.

 

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