Drone-Based Emergency Medical Rescue System Presented

AOA HiRO DronesGetting paramedics to a site of an injury can often be challenging if the stricken person is on top of a cliff, in a forest, or some other hard to reach place. Italo Subbarao, DO, senior associate dean at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Guy Paul Cooper Jr., a med student at the college, and others, developed the new drone delivery system that can ferry emergency supplies and a communication system to allow nearby people to treat patients with help of remote physicians.

The system was demonstrated two days ago at the John Bell Airport in Bolton, Mississippi in front of the Governor of that state, as well as officials from the Federal government as well as from the United Nations.

The HiRO (Health Integrated Rescue Operations) drone system delivers a case that includes medical supplies as well as a cellular-connected Google Glass smart glasses. A person near the stricken patient is expected to put on the glasses, which send the video in front of them to a remote physician. The physician can then see what’s going on and lead the deputized civilian through the necessary treatment steps that utilize the supplies in the case.

The HiRO has so far been tried with two package types. One designed to treat a single person, while another meant for mass casualty events.

By medGadget


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