In case of medical emergencies every second counts. How helpful would it be to get a trained first aider plus medical equipment on site immediately?
With the 'RescueCopter', an unmanned flight system to support the rescue chain in medical emergencies, this could become true. It is designed to reach the scene of an emergency in a short time and to provide the first responders with equipment to provide patients with the best possible care as quickly as possible. 'RescueCopter' is a shared project of employees of the faculties 'Mechanical engineering and mechatronics' as well as aerospace engineering of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences in close cooperation with umlaut and the Department of Economics, Science and Europe of the City of Aachen.
We are currently testing the application case with a specially trained first aider being alerted via our umlaut app '', in order for him to provide first help to a patient with the fast delivered medical equipment needed - like medication, bandages or a defibrillator - shortly after the emergency event.
In addition, communication structures in the 'RescueCopter' will allow the trained first-aiders to communicate with a tele medic and get any further vital instructions for the initial treatment of the patient.
The project is also part of the 'Urban Air Mobility' initiative. The City of Aachen joined it in September 2018 as a member of the MAHHL cities (Maastricht, Aachen, Hasselt, Heeren, Liège). It is supported by The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). Further information: www.bmvi.de/luftmobilitaet.
The development of the 'RescueCopter' not only creates added value for society by improving the rescue chain for the Aachen area. The project partners hope to build a concrete application which also has the potential to be transferred to other regions.