Drones have had numerous uses in the military, defense, tactical, however their use is expanding to personal/recreational, commercial, scientific, agricultural, and other applications, such as surveillance, product deliveries and photography. When I first saw a drone it was used by a friend to take aerial commercial photography. Little I knew at the time that they were used in many industries, like agriculture. According to Wikipedia: “An agricultural drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle applied to farming in order to help increase crop production and monitor crop growth.” That is great!
Well today I was reading an article in the website: healthline.com and saw : “Aerial EMT? Drones May Become First Responders.” Apparently after several try outs, Drones arrived faster than ambulances to an emergency situation, mostly due because they, well fly, and avoid traffic etc. But what will the drone “do”once it gets to the emergency? In the scenario you may be able to use your phone, to get instructions from medical professionals to administer the medication and/or use the equipment provided by the drone and technically be like an EMT until the professionals get there. This technology is not looking to replace first responders, neither will be used in every emergency scenario, but can be useful in different situations that maybe a couple of minutes will be crucial to maintain the person alive until the paramedics get there. The testing conducted by Dr Hanna and his team found that “On average, drones were faster, with a travel velocity of 6.54 mph, compared with 5.04 mph of an ambulance. Unsurprisingly, they also arrived faster to the scene, with an average time to first response of 6.48 minutes compared to 9.54 minutes of an ambulance — arriving about 30 percent faster to emergency situations.” For more info here is the link of the internet article: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/untitled-4#How-a-drone-could-save-a-life
Yes, like most things it can have its pros and cons, like, ok it arrives faster but what if the person receiving the instruction is to nervous or can’t understand what needs to be done, then its really not an advantage. Even so it can represent a solution in many cases until the “real”help arrives and of course they are still doing trials and seeing how to improve the technology. Either way I think, it is a good initiative. Good way to use the technology.
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