Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey and her team published the results of their drone study in The New England Journal of Medicine (September 17, 2020). The study was supported by a grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NC TraCS), National Institutes of Health, and was a collaboration with UNC School of Public Health, UNC School of Medicine, and North Carolina State University.
Zègre-Hemsey tests drone delivery of defibrillators in North Carolina
This study examined the feasibility of drone delivery of an automated external defibrillator in simulated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey and her team conducted a randomized trial that consisted of 35 tests, in a community setting, in which an AED was delivered by an autonomously flying drone and a bystander searched and retrieved a fixed-location AED from the surrounding area. In each test, an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was simulated with the use of a life-size mannequin. Full study details in the research article and appendix.
Zègre-Hemsey’s work is featured alongside other UNC scientists in the video below, highlighting how the resources available at the NC TraCS Institute empower researchers!
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