Defibrillator-equipped drones could be 1st on scene in cardiac arrest

Defibrillator-equipped drones could be 1st on scene in cardiac arrest

In the event of cardiac arrest, the timely availability of a defibrillator could be a matter of life and death. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, when the heart stops beating, the chance of survival drops seven to 10 per cent for every minute a defibrillator doesn’t deliver a lifesaving electrical shock to restart the heart. For Canadians residing in rural communities, this presents a daunting challenge.

University of Toronto computer science engineer Timothy Chan thinks that drone technology could alleviate the chances for those living in rural communities. Computer models predict that strategically placed drones equipped with defibrillators could beat ambulances to the scene and save lives.

Read more about the potential of drone technology here 

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