HeartSine Defibrillator Used in ‘Life From Above’ Drone Project

Costruzioni Aero Meccaniche (CAM), a producer of unmanned aircraft units for research and industrial purposes featured a HeartSine® automated external defibrillator in a project developed by Maurizio Cecchini at the University of Pisa in Italy.

The project, titled “Life From Above”, aims to prove that an unmanned aircraft can be used effectively in an emergency situation to deliver a lifesaving medical package, which would include a HeartSine samaritan® PAD defibrillator. The end goal is to produce a complete lifesaving package that can be used by emergency response and humanitarian organizations in the event of a medical emergency.

Testing for the project took place at Tassignano Airport in Lucca, an area devoted to the testing of drones. During the 20 day test period, nine aircraft units housing the lifesaving HeartSine defibrillator package flew high and dropped the package onto a predetermined point, and with an error of less than 66 feet in windy conditions, CAM and Maurizio Cecchini find the results to be encouraging and are looking forward to additional testing.

Watch the HeartSine samaritan PAD 360P take flight: