In cooperation with several European partners, the Institute of Aerospace Medicine is currently planning a rescue system by using a multicopter: The multicopter is supposed to carry a defibrillator to a place where a cardiological emergency has happened: Then the first aiders may use the defibrillator until the professional rescue team arrives. Defibrillators are used in the case of life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias.
If the emergency call center receives an emergency call, the deficopter will automatically be loaded with data and navigated to the location of the emergency. The defibrillator will be dropped at the designated place. As the multicopter is equipped with a camera the operator at the emergency call center can see the location of the emergency call.
In Cologne, the test flight was carried out to demonstrate the functionality of the deficopter to all involved partners. In addition to the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, the Institute of Flight Systems and the Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research of the German Aerospace Center, the companies HEIGHT TECH GmbH & Co. KG (copter’s manufacturer), SCHILLER AG (defibrillator’s manufacturer) and Delta Computer Management oHG (Software), and the Karolinska Institute (Center for Resuscitation) in Stockholm are working on the project in cooperation with the initiator of the concept, the association Definetz e.V. Furthermore, the Swiss rescue service of Solothurner Spitäler AG is interested in a cooperation.
The test area of the first test phase will be close to Stockholm within a radius of 10 km (10,000 m). The test will start in summer in cooperation with the rescue coordination center of Sweden’s capital city. As Sweden has already developed a voluntary first aider system with as many as 13,000 registered users, the area seems to be suitable to test the deficopter. The application for smartphones (app) is the most important part of information technology needed. Experience already gained in Sweden by using the app and the system shall be enhanced with the rescue system ‘deficopter’.
The tasks and objectives of the German Aerospace Center and its partners are the integration of new systems into future aviation, to develop new requirements for the operators of the rescue coordination center, the integration of first aiders into rescue chains and to prove the efficiency and effectiveness. The project will be financed through European funding programs.