AEDs Delivered By Drones May Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

MedicalResearch.com 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.

MedicalResearch.com: 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.

MedicalResearch.com: 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.

MedicalResearch.com: 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.

MedicalResearch.com: 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.

MedicalResearch.com: Thank you for your contribution to the MedicalResearch.com community.

Citation:

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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