Each year up to one million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest, while a mere eight per cent survives due to the slow response times of emergency services. A new ambulance-drone with an integrated defibrillator now aims to increase the chance of survival. 

The project creator is Alec Momont, a graduate of industrial design at TU Delft University in Holland. He has invented the ambulance drone with the built-in defibrillator, which can travel over 100km/h and reach its destination within one minute. This, according to Moment, will increase the chance of survival from eight per cent to 80 per cent.

The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. The ambulance drone has propellers that fold away, becoming a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies, with a handle so that it can conveniently be lifted once it lands.

The drone’s quick speed and its advantage of avoiding traffic and winding road networks means it can get to an emergency scene 10 times quicker than an ambulance. It comes fitted with a built-in camera, microphone and speaker, so the remote paramedic who flies the drone can give the emergency caller calm and safe instructions on how to use it.

The defibrillator pads are kept in the drone’s nose and each pad is clearly labelled, so there is no confusion when an emergency arises.

Future implementations will also serve other use cases such as drowning, diabetes, respiratory issues and traumas.