AED On The Fly Drone Pilot Takes Next Step
August 13, 2020
Delivery Canada has successfully completed phase one of its AED
(automated external defibrillator) On The Fly Pilot with Peel Region
Paramedics and achieved 100% success rate concluding that utilizing
DDC’s proprietary drone delivery platform to enable rapid first
responder technology via drone produces reduced response time.
The Pilot was to determine the effectiveness of delivery of an AED via
drone versus a traditional ambulance. To determine this, phase one of
the Pilot consisted of simulating 911 emergency calls in the Township of
Caledon in the Region of Peel dispatching DDC’s Sparrow drone equipped
with specialized first responder payload that included an automated
external defibrillator. The delivery time of the drone was then compared
against the traditional dispatching of first responder paramedics.
Several staged 911 calls were then executed and, in all cases, DDC’s
Sparrow drone arrived on-site ahead of the traditional first responder
vehicles. DDC’s Sparrow was able to reduce response times on all calls
making the pilot a great success.
partnership between DDC and Peel Regional Paramedic Services is ground
breaking. The program utilizes DDC’s proprietary drone delivery platform
to enable rapid first responder technology via drone with the goal to
reduce response time and potentially save lives. We look forward to the
next phase to bring this vertical closer to commercialization.”,
commented Michael Zahra, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada.
Dr. Sheldon Cheskes, Medical Director at Sunnybrook Centre for
Prehospital Medicine and the Principal Investigator of the AED on the
Fly Pilot Research program comments “Phase 1 of our research was an
impressive success. We were able to demonstrate that drone technology to
deliver AED’s for cardiac arrest is not only feasible but has the
potential to reduce response times and improve outcomes from
out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.” “We will continue to work with DDC to
ensure a simple and smooth transition from drone landing to bystander
retrieval and use of an AED moving forward.”