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Cardiac arrest, 118 drone faster than ambulance – Medicine

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Cardiac arrest, 118 drone faster than ambulance – Medicine

A defibrillator flying with a drone from the nearest 118 station proved to be faster than the ambulance, called for a simulated cardiac arrest, arriving 12 minutes early. This is the result of the third flight test of the Seuam (Sanitary Emergency Urban Air Mobility) experimental project of Sis118 which was held in Altomonte (Cosenza), announced in a press release by Mario Balzanelli, president of Sis118 and Seuam project leader. The nearest defibrillator was in Lungro (Cosenza) and “the drone – explains Balzanelli – took 3 minutes and 18 seconds to arrive, compared to 13 minutes and 23 seconds for the ambulance to arrive. The defibrillator discharge was thus provided, taking into account the time taken by occasional rescuers to take the device from the drone, to connect it to the patient and to use it under the constant simulated telephone guidance of a nurse operator of the Operations Center 118, 9 minutes and 29 seconds before of the arrival of the 118 emergency vehicle.


“For every minute that passes from the onset of a sudden cardiac arrest – declares Balzanelli – approximately 10% of the chances of survival are lost if the patient is not defibrillated. The chances of survival become almost zero if the patient is not defibrillated after the first 10 minutes. However, when the defibrillator discharge is delivered in the first 4 minutes from the onset of the arrest, as in the final timed data of today’s simulation – continues Balzanelli – the chances of salvation are extremely high, even higher than 70 It is therefore essential to launch as soon as possible, on a regulatory basis, innovative “dynamic” strategies for the cardioprotection of the community which, in the event of sudden cardiac arrest, make the defibrillator immediately available in the various living and working environments of the country. scene of the event”. In Italy, recalls the president of Sis118, there are over 60 thousand sudden deaths a year. In the near future – concludes the president of Sis 118, hyper-fast drones will make it possible to drastically reduce the arrival times of the defibrillator in these highly critical scenarios compared to the use of ordinary emergency means and, therefore, will effectively allow , the delivery of the electric shock several minutes earlier than what happens with current response standards.

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