Medical Drone

Drones could take emergency care to new heights

June 14, 2018 - 1:16 pm
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Federal Aviation Administration relaxed its rules on commercial use of drones in May of this year and it may be a big step for those who work in emergency medicine.  

The potential use of drones for remote care seems huge. For instance, drone deliver a defibrillator to a climber halfway up a mountain, or epinephrine to a child with anaphylaxis who is at sea on a boat. There are companies building drones for this purpose. One recently announced a new generation of fixed-wing drones, geared to long-distance deliveries.

And some Australian teams are looking at delivering blood to accident victims. 

The potential is huge.