Flirtey partners with REMSA to deliver defibrillators by air during emergencies
U.S. drone delivery is expanding from Slurpees and pizza.
Drone delivery service Flirtey announced that it is partnering with a Reno-based ambulance service to send out emergency equipment by air for cardiac arrest-related emergencies.
The partnership with Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority will allow responders to send an automated external defibrillator by air in addition to an ambulance dispatch for every emergency call involving cardiac arrest. The program uses a rapid drone deployment program that combines Flirtey’s flight planning software technology with REMSA’s patient care and transport programs.
The goal is to help improve response times, especially in locations where traffic can slow down the arrival of paramedics on the scene.
“We have the ability to deliver lifesaving aid into the hands of people who need it — why aren’t we as a society doing it already?” Flirtey CEO Matthew Sweeny said. “This is one of the most important uses of drone delivery technology, and we believe that by democratizing access to this lifesaving aid, our technology will save more than a million lives over the decades to come.”
Every minute literally counts in increasing the odds of survival for a person experiencing cardiac arrest. The chance of survival drops between 7 percent to 10 percent for each minute that a cardiac arrest victim does not get CPR or defibrillation, according to the American Heart Association. An estimated 359,400 cases of cardiac arrest occur in the United States outside of a hospital setting each year. Less than 10 percent of such victims survive, according to the AHA.
“Cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical activity of the heart stops,” said J.W. Hodge, REMSA chief operating officer. “Someone in cardiac arrest will be unresponsive with no pulse, no breathing, no movement at all.”
“They’re technically clinically dead,” Hodge added.
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