Wingcopter drones speed up transport of medical samples to Germany

Wingcopter press release | September 17, 2021

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26 kilometers (16 miles) between Greifswald and Wolgast – this is the distance over which Wingcopter drones recently transported blood samples in the northeast German federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The flights were carried out by the Greifswald University Medical Center in cooperation with DRF Luftrettung and Wingcopter as part of the MV | LIFE | DRONE Challenge project of the hospital’s anesthesiology department. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitization of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and aims to improve regional emergency care structures by integrating the systems of unmanned aircraft (UAS) in the chain of rescue and emergency medical transport. .

The Wingcopter traveled the 16 mile (26 km) route in an average of 18 minutes, almost twice as fast as ground transport. Helicopter photo

Flights beyond the pilot’s visual line of sight (BVLOS) carried a pneumatic tube containing 250 grams of blood samples. The Wingcopter traveled 26 kilometers in 18 minutes on average, almost twice as fast as ground transport. The use of Wingcopter drones could thus significantly speed up emergency medical care in rural areas and help save lives. In the event that a blood transfusion is required in the short term, for example, blood samples from the Wolgast District Hospital should be transported to the University Hospital Greifswald for analysis to determine the appropriate donor blood.

Ansgar Kadura, co-founder and CSO of Wingcopter, commented: “With this project we have shown that we can also improve medical care and quality of life in rural areas in Germany. With our new unmanned aerial vehicle, the Wingcopter 198, this can be done even more efficiently in the future. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology project team on the MV | LIFE | DRONE challenge and beyond. “

The aim of the Greifswald University Medical Center is to establish permanent air links between the Greifswald Medical Center and the surrounding hospitals as soon as possible. Drones should also be used to assist first responders on the scene, for example by quickly transporting medication, transfusions or emergency medical equipment such as defibrillators to the scene of an accident.

“We continue to work towards the goal of shortening long distances in the region for the benefit of our people. The key to this is the integration of new technologies into existing rescue and care systems as part of comprehensive care concepts ”, underlined Dr Mina Baumgarten, project manager of the MV | LIFE | DRONE-Challenge project, adding: “The next step on how to do this has to be to shift the tests to longer term use under real circumstances; conditions in the region are ideal for this.

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