Drone Delivery Canada has successfully completed Phase Two of its AED (Automated External Defibrillator) On The Fly project with Peel Region Paramedics and Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine.
Building on the success of Phase One of the study, the company was able to demonstrate ease of use of its AED drone solution when provided to community responders in a simulated cardiac arrest scenario.
The testing further validates that using DDC’s proprietary drone delivery platform with cargo drop functionality to deliver rapid first responder technology via drone may reduce response time to cardiac arrest patients in the field while being utilized by lay responders.
It follows last year, on June 26th, 2019, the company announced a 100% successful Phase One of the project.
Phase Two utilised the Sparrow, with the new cargo drop capability and a new audio announcement system, to drop an AED where a designated lay bystander would then retrieve the AED and apply it to a simulated cardiac arrest patient in a rural environment.
Multiple pairs of lay bystanders and simulated cardiac arrest patients in multiple locations were used to test the AED drone solution.
Response time to drop, retrieve and apply an AED, and physiological and psychological human factors in a stressful situation were measured during the testing.
Michael Zahra, president on CEO of DDC, said: “This partnership between DDC, Peel Regional Paramedic Services and Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine is groundbreaking.
“This innovative program utilizes DDC’s proprietary drone logistics platform to deliver rapid first responder technology via DDC’s Sparrow drone with the goal to reduce response time and potentially save lives. The Company thanks all participants and funders.”