AEDs Delivered By Drones May Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival Interview with:
“drones” by Andrew Turner is licensed under CC BY 2.0Andreas Claesson, RN, Paramedic

PhD Centre for resuscitation science
Karolinska institute
Stockholm, Sweden. What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is low, the technology is existing. When implementing this kind of system with a drone equipped with an AED, defibrillation may occur at an early stage and before EMS arrival mainly in rural areas. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Provision of AED through this novel method is feasible and may increase survival in areas with prolonged EMS response time. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: We know little of interaction with bystanders onsite, integration with dispatcher and use during dispatcher assisted CPR. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: No disclosures. More tests are on their way, a clinical study is planned and warranted. Thank you for your contribution to the community.


Claesson A, Bäckman A, Ringh M, Svensson L, Nordberg P, Djärv T, Hollenberg J. Time to Delivery of an Automated External Defibrillator Using a Drone for Simulated Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests vs Emergency Medical Services. JAMA. 2017;317(22):2332-2334. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.3957

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