India could soon use drones to transfer human ORGANS: Doctors say UAVs could save lives by getting to patients faster

India could soon use drones to transfer human ORGANS


 

  • Main focus on hears as other organs can be stored for longer 

  • India currently uses 'green corridor'- police escort for ambulances 

  • The group has two designs in mind: design a drone with technology to preserve organs or variants that are able to carry organ in special box 

  • China unveiled self-flying 'passenger drone' to deliver human organs

For someone who is in need of an organ transplant, every second counts.

To save more lives, a group of scientists in India have designed a new method of transportation that is much faster than hauling them in the back of an ambulance.

Called, Rs 100-crore National Programme for Micro Air, the project is set to use unmanned aerial vehicles to delivery of hearts and other vital organs, cutting time by more than 50 percent.

 

 

 

A group of scientists from India are working on a way that will transport hearts and vital organs much faster than hauling them in the back of an ambulance. Called, Rs 100-crore National Programme for Micro Air, the project is set to use unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver organs, cutting time by more than 50 percent
 

The heart can be stored up to 10 hours, a kidney 24 and a liver 12 to 15, and the inventor of India's indigenous fighter Light Combat Aircraft wants to develop a method to deliver them sooner.

'The main focus will be on transporting hearts as other organs can be preserved for longer after harvesting,' Kota Harinarayan, who was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad, told Times of India.

The traditional method is referred to as a 'green corridor', which was established two years by the Mumbai traffic police.

This initiation entails police escorting an ambulance, as to move around traffic – usually a specific traffic lane is chosen and all signals on the route stay green.



Kota and Dr K Ramachandra from the National Design and Research Forum are leading the project along with the help of other experts in the US to iron out all the details.

'Once the specifications from doctors and engineers are finalized — the first leg of the process is expected to be complete this week — we will take the project to the government for funding and clearance,' Kota said.

 

 

 

The team has two options: design a drone with technology to preserve organs or variants that are able to carry the organ in a special box. The initial design will be able to carry up to 250 grams of weight, but the team hopes to reach a 100-km range


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