In February I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. I was very fortunate in that I remained conscious and did not need to be defribrillated. This is very rare.
The stats for people surviving such an attack are low – 5% in most countries and usually they survive because help was nearby.
But the odds are stacked against survival. Not many places have defibrillators on hand or people who recognize the symptoms and take immediate action.
Take, for example, someone I spoke with this week. He had been riding his bike in the Bay area when he suddenly collapsed. One of the first people to come across him happened to be a cardiologist and as soon as a defib could be sourced he brought him back to consciousness.
When I hear of measures being taken to increase the odds of survival I’m excited. 350,000 people in the US suffer a sudden cardiac attack each year – any technology that increases their chances of survival has my vote.
This video shows a prototype Ambulance Drone that delivers a portable defbrillator and can be operated remotely by a trained health professional: