Project Creator: Alec Momont
Function: ambulance drone
Institution: Industrial design engineering
The Ambulance Drone is the result of Alec’s Master Graduation thesis. It is a project that aims to optimize the response time of the delivery of emergency supplies.
From Alec’s research, he found that each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest and only 8% survives.
The main reason is the slow respond times of emergency services. Speeding up emergency response can prevent deaths and accelerate recovery dramatically not just in the case of heart attack but also for heart failure, drowning, traumas and respiratory issues.
The drone is capable of driving over 100 km/h and it includes an integrated defibrillator, medications and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) aids. It is also portable and foldable in order to reach the indoor spaces of the building where the patient is.
The incorporation of a two-way, video supported, communication channel in the drone between 112 operators and the first responders will improve first care thanks to the personalized instructions.
In fact brain death and permanent death start to occur in just 4 to 6 minutes, for this reason the drone aims to reach its destination in 1 minute, thanks to a network of drones that optimizes the response time. And the process is faster thanks to the personalized communication with the hospital.
Eventually the chance of survival is increased from 8% to 80%.
The project is still on going and it is being implemented by Alec, who has now reached a quite relevant popularity. He was invited to speak at TEDxDelft “Let’s Make Things Beta” where he presented his project. He also gave a speech about the ambulance drone to the royal couple in Hamburg, in March 2015.
It is good to see that talents can grow in the university and be acknowledged as innovators by the public community.
The video below recreates the scenario in which the ambulance drone may work.