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Dubai Ambulance may launch life-saving defibrillator drone

Dubai Ambulance is reportedly considering deploying the world’s fastest cargo drone to deliver an automated heart defibrillator to a heart-attack victim in Dubai parks, beaches or public areas at speeds of up to 155 kph.
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Dubai Ambulance is reportedly considering deploying the world’s fastest cargo drone to deliver an automated heart defibrillator to a heart-attack victim in Dubai parks, beaches or public areas at speeds of up to 155 kph.

The drone is being trialled by Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services as a first responder technology for cardiac arrest victims.

Mesha’al Abdul Karim Julfar, head of the Dispatch Section at Dubai Ambulance, told Gulf News he is impressed with the speed and agility of the drone in the trials thus far.

Julfar is convinced the technology can help get medical services to victims quicker, but said the drone must undergo many more tests.

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The delivery of defibrillators is just the first phase of the project, according to officials. In a second stage, the drones could carry other medical equipment to sites of road accidents and multiple injury events, according to Julfar.

“In life-threatening events, every minute counts,” he said. “Every minute that passes means a 10 per cent less survival rate. These drones could arrive minutes prior to the excellent ambulances and services we already have.”

It is unclear how the delivery of medical equipment to accident sites prior to the arrival of ambulance crews would help, however, without individuals there who are able to use the equipment.

Julfar said the drones would be a great asset “at large area events in Dubai such as New Year’s Eve or Dubai World Cup”.

Taimur Mohammad, managing director of Desert Falcon Technologies, says the company hopes for the prototype drone to be in full production in the UAE in one year.

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