Drones May Change the Way Medical Supplies are DeliveredAugust 12, 2019
If you ever passed a major car or truck accident on a busy highway, you know how devastating they can be. When there are serious, life-threatening injuries involved, it is crucial that emergency medical responders arrive at the scene as quickly as possible to deliver life-saving medical supplies. However, if an ambulance is delayed by traffic, or some other unexpected obstacle, and the medical supplies are not delivered quickly enough, serious injuries can become fatal. A team of researchers has proposed the use of drones as a viable option for delivering emergency medical supplies to the scene of a serious car accident, or other potentially life-threatening situations.
As part of the researchers’ analysis, they planned to show that drones are a valuable, and cost-effective option for delivering emergency medical supplies to victims of serious traffic accidents. They examined a range of accident scenarios where drones could be used to deliver emergency medical supplies instead of ground vehicles. While drones are costly, and require skilled operators to navigate them, the team’s cost analysis supported the use of drones, particularly when a delay in the delivery of medical supplies could be a matter of life or death.
Analysis Focused on Two Locations
The research team focused on two areas in Florida where traffic accidents were responsible for at least one fatality each week. One location was near Tampa, and the other near Orlando, both of which have a significant amount of traffic. Because the two areas are often congested with traffic, a car accident will only increase the amount of traffic at the accident location, as well as the other roads in the general vicinity. While paramedics would have to resort to arriving at the accident site on a motorbike, using drones in these high-traffic areas would allow life-saving equipment and supplies to be delivered quickly and safely.
In addition to ensuring that medical supplies are delivered to the scene of a car accident, drones can also provide police investigators with valuable information about what caused the accident. Photographs taken by drones can help police officers reconstruct the crash and determine who was at-fault. Before drones became an option, police investigators had to rely on chalk marks, tape measurements, and roller wheels to record skid marks, a process that can be extremely time-consuming and potentially dangerous for emergency responders. Because the information provided by drones is significantly more detailed than the measurements people can take, it means that road closures and traffic caused by the accident can be cleared away much sooner.
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