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Peel pilot project tests drone delivery of defibrillators to help cardiac arrest victims

Peel pilot project tests drone delivery of defibrillators to help cardiac arrest victims

Author: BERRN Consulting Ltd. Published: April 3, 2019

The pilot project builds on the region’s public access defibrillation program that started in 2014. To date, there are 194 AEDs owned by the region in the community and more than 250 volunteer responders trained to use the AEDs.

The AED will be delivered by a drone, which can travel 125 km/h. Cheskes said a recent study found drones are able deliver an AEDs ahead of median 911 response times and up to 10 minutes in rural areas.

“Canada is a leader in drone technology,” Cheskes said. “It’s really an innovative approach.”

Paramedic Services, along with Drone Delivery Canada, will take part in a series of test flights in Caledon, with drones travelling from paramedic station to predetermined destinations, according to a report from Nancy Polsinelli, the region’s commissioner of health services.

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