Notre Dame Students Create Drone Defibrillator for Fast Response to Cardiac Arrest Victims

Notre Dame Students Create Drone Defibrillator for Fast Response to Cardiac Arrest Victims

Students at the University of Notre Dame are thinking of a new way to save lives.

The students, Nathaniel Hanson and Zachary Kousens, Class of 2019, came up with a drone defibrillator.

“The idea is when someone has sudden cardiac arrest and a bystander calls 911 and an EMT responds, help typically takes 10 minutes to get to the scene,” Hanson said. “We can get an automatic defibrillator there within two minutes using a drone,” dispatched by the 911 operator who finds a landing site using Google maps. This, says Kousens and Hanson, should boost the survival chance of those in cardiac arrest from 10 percent to 40 percent.

The drone defibrillator -- or Delive -- is now being reviewed by the FAA. The students hope to commercialize it by next year.

SOURCE: WSBT and NOTRE DAME

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