Italian company Elite Consulting has developed a box that can transport medical supplies via drone, according to PR Newswire. It is the first company in the world to develop this type of drone accessory, which can carry small items like swabs and medicines.
- Drones can deliver needed medical supplies without human interaction.
- They can also access areas that might otherwise be a challenge.
- This reduces the need to pull medical professionals from more urgent patients for more routine care.
It wasn’t simply a matter of designing something that was the right size. The box also had to be tough enough to resist breaking and releasing any biological matter into the environment. The development of this box makes it possible to get life-saving medications into especially hard-hit areas under quarantine.
Drones can deliver regular medications to make sure everyone stays healthy. (Photo: Elite Consulting)
Keeping everyone safe
Those that are quarantined may avoid the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily well. People still need medications for chronic diseases and other illnesses. The potential for a drone to deliver those medicines reduces the need for these at-risk patients to venture out. It also keeps others from having to deliver those medications, which puts them at risk.
The box was originally intended for transporting biological samples and was tested last year at a hospital in Naples, Italy. It has since been modified to help healthcare providers during the coronavirus crisis. Since not everyone is familiar with how to operate a drone, the company is willing to provide free help to government agencies trying to implement its use.
WHY THIS MATTERS
The coronavirus is a priority, but people still suffer from the same myriad illnesses they had before this health emergency. Treating those patients becomes a challenge when the system is overwhelmed caring for those with more urgent needs.
Turning to solutions like drone deliveries of medications is one way to overcome those challenges. Not only can this help in the short term, it could become a new way to help patients who don’t have the resources to quickly and easily obtain necessary medications.