September 22, 2020
Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey and her team published results of their drone study in The New England Journal of Medicine (September 17, 2020). The study was supported by a grant from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute, National Institutes of Health, and was a collaboration with UNC School of Public Health, UNC School of Medicine, and North Carolina State University.
This study examined the feasibility of drone delivery of an automated external defibrillator in simulated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey and her team conducted a randomized trial that consisted of 35 tests, in a community setting, in which an AED was delivered by an autonomously flying drone and a bystander searched and retrieved a fixed-location AED from the surrounding area. In each test, an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was simulated with the use of a life-size mannequin. Full study details in research article and appendix.
Zègre-Hemsey’s work is featured alongside other UNC scientists in the video below, highlighting how the resources available at the NC TraCS Institute empower researchers!