January 4, 2022
Everdrone AB, a Swedish autonomous drone and service provider, has announced that its drone played a crucial part in saving a life during a sudden cardiac arrest. The incident took place in Trollhättan, Sweden, when an Everdone autonomous drone delivered a defibrillator to help save the life of a 71-year-old man.
The company said its Emergency Medical Aerial Delivery service (EMADE) was put to the test during the morning of Dec. 9, 2021. The man was shoveling snow in his driveway when he suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The company said thanks to the combination of an immediate emergency call, the quick actions of Dr. Mustafa Ali, and the delivery of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), lifesaving measures could be initiated before the arrival of the ambulance. Everdrone said the time from the alarm until the AED was safely delivered at the doorstep of the incident address was just over three minutes. After initial treatment, the patient was rushed to a hospital, and is today fully recovered, Everdrone said.
“I can’t put into words how thankful I am to this new technology and the speedy delivery of the defibrillator,” said the 71-year-old patient. “If it wasn’t for the drone I probably wouldn’t be here.”
“I was on my way to work at the local hospital when I looked out the car window and saw a man collapsed in his driveway,” said Dr. Ali. “I immediately understood that something was wrong and rushed to help. The man had no pulse, so I started doing CPR while asking another bystander to call 112 (the Swedish emergency number). Just minutes later, I saw something flying above my head. It was a drone with a defibrillator.”
The drone delivery system in Region Västra Götaland is operated by Everdrone, in close collaboration with the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Istitutet, SOS Alarm and Region Västra Götaland.
“This is an excellent real-world example of how Everdrone’s cutting-edge drone technology, fully integrated with emergency dispatch, can minimize the time for access to life-saving AED equipment,” said Mats Sällström, CEO of Everdrone. The company added its service can currently reach 200,000 residents in Sweden, and is expected to expand to more locations in Europe this year.
A full study on the drone system and how it can cut response times has been published in the European Heart Journal.