An ongoing study looks at whether more lives could be saved by using drones equipped with pacemakers that the emergency center sends out when someone calls 112.
Every year, 6000 people in Sweden have a sudden heart attack. Only a tenth of them survived. Medtechmagazine writes.
But with quick access to the defibrillator, the survival rate can be as high as 50-70 percent. This is the case, for example, in the hockey arenas or in the gym, where the equipment is located.
“Even if we double the survival, it’s a huge thing – for the individual, relatives and society,” he says Andreas Clison For Medtechmagazine Magazine.
The chance increases by 7-10 percent per minute
Andreas Clison An ambulance nurse, associate professor at the Heart Stopping Center of the Karolinska Institute, president of the Swedish Board of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.He is the lead investigator in charge of the UAV project with pacemakers, which this summer conducted a clinical study in the Gothenburg area in cooperation between Heart Stop Center, SOS Alarm AB, the Västra Götaland district, and Everdrone.
“Every minute you gain in the early stages increases your chance of survival by 7-10 percent,” says Andreas Clison.
Continue with a new study
Three drones systems equipped with pacemakers monitored the cities of Fiskebäck, Torslanda and Kungälv and dispatched the pacemaker with drones in case of sudden cardiac arrest, which a person with an alarm could use while waiting for the ambulance. The results of the study have not yet been published, but it is clear that it will be a continuation.
“But in general, I can say that the system is working exactly as planned. We have had very good results, and we are still seeing great potential in that. This means that we are moving forward with the next study, which we plan to start at the beginning of May,” he says. Andreas Clayson For Medtechmagazine Magazine.