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And if the initial heart attack doesn't kill them, the shock of a pilot-less machine descending on them from above will send them into their next and final heart attack.
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not to mention how will a drone handle a pace maker patient like my mother?
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Seems kinda cool, though :o
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So... it's a drone that delivers a defibrillator to a cardiac arrest patient so that a bystander can follow the friendly robot voice and hopefully stabilize the patient, all because Sweden is murdering all their summer tourists and Chicago has bad response time.

Let's throw some water on this: FAA Regulated Flight Plans. Do we really want the FAA to gain even more governmental overreach and oppressive fines?
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Without a trained professional to use the defibrillator, I think the benefit may be limited. Interesting concept, though.
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This doesn't seem to be about replacing ambulances, but getting a defibrillator to people that need one while waiting for the ambulance. A fair number of businesses keep one on site (along with a first aid kit) because it can greatly boost the chances for survival.


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Without a trained professional to use the defibrillator, I think the benefit may be limited. Interesting concept, though.

Hmm, it's hard to say. I'm certified in first aid and CPR, but it isn't like I needed the included AED training to figure out how work one. Honestly, most children could do it.

Still, no matter how simple it is, I suppose it's hard to predict how someone will react while in a panic. Presumably, the emergency operator would still be on the line to keep them calm and offer advice. If they seem too frantic or confused, they can always tell them to set the device aside and wait for the ambulance crew.
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iriomote wrote:

Hmm, it's hard to say. I'm certified in first aid and CPR, but it isn't like I needed the included AED training to figure out how work one. Honestly, most children could do it.

Still, no matter how simple it is, I suppose it's hard to predict how someone will react while in a panic. Presumably, the emergency operator would still be on the line to keep them calm and offer advice. If they seem too frantic or confused, they can always tell them to set the device aside and wait for the ambulance crew.


I'm picturing someone untrained and panicking trying to just plant paddles on the person's chest and yelling "Clear!" like they see on tv. If an operator can talk them through it then that will definitely improve results I'd think.
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qwueri wrote:

Without a trained professional to use the defibrillator, I think the benefit may be limited. Interesting concept, though.
You don't need to be a trained professional to use these as they have been designed for the average person to safely use. They have easy to follow instructions along with built in safety measures to try and prevent mistakes. Over the years they have become more popular to have around in both private homes and commercial type establishments because they do save lives. It would be great if everyone had one of these in their homes much like a fire extinguisher, but the cost is going to be prohibitive for a lot of people.

I feel like this thread title is misleading. This isn't about replacing ambulances or emergency responders. It is about potentially getting a life saving device to someone faster than the ambulance can get there.

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