Three minutes after the alarm center was notified, the drone with defibrillators was in place. This is the first time a person in Sweden has received lifesaving using a defibrillator that was flown in with a drone.
Emergency doctor Mustafa Ali was on his way to work when he saw an elderly man fall over. A woman tried to bring him to life.
Ali immediately suspected cardiac arrest. It turned out to be true. He started with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and asked the woman to call for an ambulance.
Three minutes later, help arrived from the hospital in the Swedish town of Trollhättan. Flying in the air, mind you: A drone with a defibrillator.
After on-site lifesaving, the patient was sent to hospital. Now he is discharged:
“This is revolutionary technology that must be implemented everywhere,” the 71-year-old freshman said the Swedish radio channel P4.
First time in history
The incident took place on December 9, 2021. It is the first time a person in Sweden has received lifesaving using a defibrillator that has been flown in with a drone, writes Aftonbladet.
Everdrone, a Swedish software company, has developed the drone. Now it’s in a major research project which aims to reduce the ambulance’s response time in the event of cardiac arrest outside a hospital.
– This is an excellent example of how Everdrone’s groundbreaking drone technology can make it easier to access defibrillators, says Mats Sällström to Yahoo Finance. He is the CEO of Everdrone.
According to the company, their drone arrives before an ambulance in 94 percent of the cases. The drone solution is continuously improved.
Around 275,000 patients in Europe experience cardiac arrest outside the home each year. 70 percent of these take place in private homes. The chance of survival is greatly reduced with each passing minute after the collapse.