For the first time, U.S. medical institutions used drones to transport transplant organs for 8 years. The drone equipped with the kidneys took off from the St. Agnes Hospital of Baltimore. After 10 minutes of flight, it reached the University of Maryland (UMD) at 2.7 miles away. The medical center, a few hours later, the kidneys were successfully transplanted into the patient’s body. Darryll J. Pines, director of the UMD Engineering Department, said that this is not only a technical attempt, but it also saves a life.
Joseph R. Scalea, the person in charge of the project, told the media that the hospital had not delivered many times in time, and it even took 29 hours to Shan Shan for a total The late organs failed to save the lives of patients, so he decided to use UMD’s aviation and engineering experts to use drones to perform tasks.
Prior to this, UMD conducted 44 flight tests for a total of 700 hours. In order to ensure that the organs can safely reach the destination, engineers have equipped multiple sets of systems for drones, including backup propellers, motors, distribution power distribution Board and battery and a parachute system. In addition, the engineering team also received the support provided by the Airxos, the aviation department of General Electric.
Under the blessing of a number of technologies, the safety and efficiency of the use of drone transportation and transplant organs are higher than that of traditional ambulances. In addition, medical staff can continue to monitor the organs during the transportation process. The environmental temperature and other information are accurately informed of the expected time of the organ arrival.