Posted on 05/22/2019
Drone delivery

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.


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