Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2018 - JAN 2019

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30  December 2018/January 2019 unmanned systems inside AIR IPP RENO C ardiac arrest is the leading cause of natural death in the United States, affect- ing more than 300,000 people. When the electrical signals that control the heart's pumping ability short-circuit, causing an arrest, every minute matters. There is only a 10 per- cent chance of surviving such an event when the cardiac arrest occurs outside a hospital. Survival is dependent on immedi- ate cardiopulmonar y resuscitation (CPR) to increase the blood f low to the heart and brain, along with an electri- cal shock from a defibrillator to stop the abnormal heart rhythm. For every minute without life-saving CPR and defibrillation, chances of survival de- crease about 10 percent. The Integration Pilot Program (IPP) team led by the City of Reno and Flirtey, a Reno-based drone delivery company, will test the use of drones to deliver automated external defibrilla- tors (AEDs) to cardiac arrest patients in Washoe County, Carson City, and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. "The national average for ambu- lance-based delivery of defibrillators Photo courtesy of Flirtey. is around 10 minutes," said Matthew Sweeny, CEO of Flirtey. "If we can im- prove the response time to five or six minutes, we can bring the survival rate closer to 50 percent." HOW IT WILL WORK Drone delivery of AEDs will supple- ment existing 911 services provided by the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA), the ex- clusive emergency medical services provider for Washoe County, as well as local police and fire departments. When a 911 call for a cardiac arrest is received, REMSA will dispatch emer- by Joanne Costin The City of Reno Integration Pilot Program (IPP) team is developing a system for fast drone delivery of automated defibrillators to improve the survival rate of cardiac arrest victims. LIFE-SAVING DELIVERIES P P IP Integration Pilot Program Team Follow-Ups The national average for ambulance-based delivery of defibrillators is around 10 minutes. If we can improve the response time to five or six minutes, we can bring the survival rate closer to 50 percent." Matthew Sweeny, CEO, Flirtey "

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