Incredible Applications of ‘Drone’ Changing the Healthcare Accessibility


From bullock carts to cars, from trains to airplanes and helicopters, the speed to reach different parts of the earth has gone up incredibly.

Now, arrived the Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) commonly called as the drone. The unique thing about the new transport system is you cannot ride on it. They are small rotary-wing aircraft that can carry payloads over long distances directly to those who need without much human attention.

These unmanned aircraft may be controlled by remote control or by independent onboard computers. Initially, it was developed for dangerous military applications. Now, their application has been expanded in many directions such as aerial photography, agriculture, commercial product deliveries, surveillance and much more.

Drones have touched many walks of life, and now it is ready to write a new chapter in healthcare services.

Transporting Valuable Medical Products having Short Shelf Life

Blood components like platelets are short lived and can be stored only at room temperature. They remain viable only for five days, and their demand is high.

Drones could be used to supply the blood components and rare blood types generally not stocked in the hospitals located in remote areas. The conventional transport system takes much time in reaching the remote areas that reduce the viable period of the products.

Getting blood platelets on time could be a question of life and death for a heavily bleeding patient. Drones are capable of crossing long distances at a faster speed without much reliance on human beings.

Every year snake bites kill millions of people across the globe, and drones could help in transporting rare and expensive antivenoms on time. They can get vaccines, medicines, birth controls to remote rural areas where traditional transport system is difficult to reach. They can transport blood samples for testing from remote areas to pathology labs.

Handling Emergency Situations

Traffic jams and other on-road delays kill many patients. Many times either the ambulance reaches late to the patient or the critical devices and equipment. An individual struck with a heart attack has insufficient time in hand. Drones could save the victims of heart attack by delivering defibrillators on time as an out-of-hospital service to patients.

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Defibrillators help to restart the heart by supplying an electronic pulse to the victim. The drone service could increase the survival rate of people struck by heart attacks and cardiac arrest.

Delivering Emergency Medical Kit to Victims of Natural Disasters or Terrorist Attacks

Drones could deliver telemedicine kit and help rescuers to assist victims in time. The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine has developed a drone that can support victims and rescuers during mass shootings, bombings, or other terrorist attacks.

The kit includes a Google glass which allows the ‘wearer to be hands-free and to move away from the drone while maintaining audio and visual contact with the physician.’

From medication delivery to remote monitoring of patients, drones could serve many aspects of healthcare services.

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