“The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don't really even notice it, so it's part of everyday life.” – Bill Gates, Co-founder, Microsoft.
Technology is everywhere. From the first cup of your morning coffee to the metro you take to get home after work, we are constantly surrounded by technology. Artificial intelligence is the new normal and it is here to stay and drones are one of the most talked about features of such technological advancements.
So let's know more about drones and their role in the medical sector.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Drones are unmanned aircrafts that are either controlled from the ground or flown autonomously.
Drones are popularly being adopted by diverse fields to explore the ease of operations that come with them. Latest drone technologies have proved to be very reliable and hence are being preferred largely.
Amazon’s claim of providing 30 mins drone deliveries created a buzz around the power of drone technology. Today, as we are rapidly advancing, drone technology is all set to also save lives!
Let's find out how!
The phenomena of Ambulance Drones:
Yes. You read that right.
When a medical emergency comes knocking, help can now come flying to you!
During emergencies like cardiac arrest, patients require immediate help but sometimes due to unforeseen reasons, ambulances can take several minutes to arrive.
After an accident or heart attack the first few minutes are very critical. Medical personnel are constantly seeking ways to help patients quickly and this is where ambulance drones may help.
These compact devices can carry life-saving technologies such as medication, CPR kits, and even automated external defibrillators (AEDs), making it easier to give rapid-response care.
Benefits of an Ambulance Drone:
Drones provide numerous advantages, making them game-changing technology for any medical response team.
With that in mind, let's look at some advantages of using drones during medical emergencies.
Decreased Response Time
Traditional transportation barriers such as traffic jams and blocked roads can be avoided by using ambulance drones. Because of their nature, they can fly directly to patients rather than navigating congested routes.
Teams can transport items before help arrives on the scene by using drones to respond to medical incidents.
Reach Difficult Locations
When emergencies occur in remote areas the lack of proper infrastructure often delays the arrival of ambulances on time. Similarly, a hiker with a severe bee allergy may be stung in the woods, several miles from the nearest parking lot and even further from the nearest hospital.
Such cases present significant logistical challenges to first responders. Drones, on the other hand, can arrive on the scene much faster by flying directly to the person while transporting critical supplies. This can buy time until responders arrive.
Ambulances are not cheap. In addition to their cost, they necessitate the use of human operators, technicians, and medical personnel. This makes it extremely difficult for hospitals to add new units and expand their footprints promptly.
Ambulance drones, on the other hand, are much more affordable and require fewer people to operate. Drones can help hospitals expand their operations and cover more ground. As a result, hospitals can better serve their surrounding communities
Enhance Disaster Response
The world is constantly changing, making it difficult for emergency response teams to stay agile and up to date on the latest threats. COVID-19 is the most recent example, and it is forcing providers to find new ways to respond to and treat large numbers of patients safely and securely.
Drones can assist with post-event surveillance and treatment by locating victims and providing on-site medical response. Medical providers can save time and money by using drones to collect data and determine where to send support teams. This can help to expedite emergency response while also conserving resources.
Improve Battlefield Safety
Emergency medical response can be extremely difficult for military personnel, particularly during live combat scenarios involving multiple team members. Medical teams frequently risk their lives transporting supplies and providing emergency care to wounded soldiers.
Drones allow military medical teams to deliver supplies to other team members without crossing combat zones. Using this method, critical items such as bandages and medicine can be distributed to other team members while minimizing the risk of further injury or harm.
Future with BSIDEU!
It is crucial for emergency medical teams to keep up with the latest advancements in technology to provide the best care possible to their patients. Drones have the potential to revolutionize emergency response by offering quick and efficient transportation of medical supplies.
At BSIDEU, we are committed to staying open to new technologies and innovations in emergency medical care. In the coming years, the company may explore the integration of drone ambulances into its fleet to enhance its response capabilities and better serve our communities.