USING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES FOR AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR DELIVERY IN THE SEATTLE KING COUNTY REGION FOLLOWING OUT-OF-HOSPITAL CARDIAC ARREST
Tyerman, Aaron M.
Scott, Gerald R.
Fernandez, Lauren S.
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Using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to deliver a shock to a cardiac arrest patient before emergency medical services arrive increases the likelihood that the patient will survive. This thesis explores the possibility of using unmanned aerial systems (UASs, or drones) to deliver AEDs to patients experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in Washington’s Seattle/King County region—particularly in suburban and rural areas where traditional emergency response may be delayed. The researcher collected qualitative data on OHCA incidents in the region over a five-year period and ran simulated models to determine whether an AED-equipped UAS could arrive to a cardiac arrest patient faster than a traditional ground response. The research concluded that such UASs could be launched and maintained by a single organization, and could significantly decrease response times to the suburban and rural areas of the Seattle/King County region.
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