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On April 19, 2019, for the first time ever, a donor kidney was delivered to a patient at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore by an unmanned, specially designed drone the size of a washing machine, which was able to maintain and monitor the organ. The flight lasted nine and a half minutes, during which both pilots and medical staff watched the drone and remained in radio contact with it.
“This is a first that has never been done for a human being,” project leader Dr. Joseph Scalea, assistant professor of surgery at University of Maryland School of Medicine and one of the surgeons who performed the transplant said. “We have technologies now that allow the unmanned transportation of really any payload. And what we’ve done is try to innovate those systems to allow our patients better access to higher quality transplantable organs.”
There was a lot of new technology on this three-mile journey: a drone custom built to carry the added weight of the organ, on-board cameras, organ tracking, communications, safety systems to fly over an urban area, and a parachute recovery system just in case.
The patient, 44-year-old Trina Glispy from Baltimore, who had begun to lose hope after eight years of dialysis, was discharged four days after her kidney transplant and is doing well.
The system was developed by doctors, researchers, and aviation and engineering experts from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the University of Maryland and the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, a non-profit organisation that assists organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), already deliver medical supplies in Rwanda and elsewhere in Africa, and also in Vanuatu in the South Pacific.
In Queensland, Air Inspect Australia has extensive aviation experience and specialist industry knowledge. Air Inspect Australia are fully licensed drone specialists:
CASA licensed and certified
Security vetted (AGSVA) with all security protocols
Fully insured ($10,000,000 Public Liability Insurance)
And have White Card accreditation and Senior First Aid requirements.
Air Inspect Australia believe that unmanned aircraft delivery could soon become the fastest, safest and least expensive method for beating the organ transplant clock. This could do away with traditional couriers and expensive charter flights.
Contact Air Inspect Australia today for all of your aerial requirements — and learn what our drones are able to achieve.