Defibrillator-Equipped Drones Could Be 1st On Scene In Cardiac Arrest

By: Guest Author | Posted on: Nov 23, 2016
This article was originally published on, by  Blair Bigham. View the original article by clicking here.

When a heart stops beating, a defibrillator shock needs to be applied within minutes. 

But for many Canadians, fire trucks and ambulances can't get to the scene fast enough. On average, only 10 per cent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of hospital survive (cardiac arrest is distinct from a heart attack, which can sometimes, but not always, cause cardiac arrest). 

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Brian Leahey, deputy chief of the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service, shows off a drone carrying a defibrillator during a demonstration in Carp, Ont., west of Ottawa this week. (Ashley Burke/CBC)

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