Organ deliveries are extremely time-saving, and the entire systems that support the delivery of such valuable items have improvised over the past few years. Recently, the first live test of the kidney-carrying aircraft has been done. It was a custom-made drone, the size of the drown was same as a washing machine. It lifted off from a neighborhood in southwestern Baltimore and delivered a human kidney to a nearby hospital. These unmanned aircraft presents new possibilities for even more rapid delivery of organs, blood supplies, and other medical necessities. The drone took a kidney to a Baltimore hospital, where doctors transplanted the organ into a patient successfully. This drone has been designed and made by doctors and engineers at the University of Maryland to help speed up the transfer of organs.
The test flight was approx 4.8 kilometres and finished its drive under 10 minutes only. But it brought the potential for many more lives to be saved. It was designed specifically with medical transportation in mind and features redundant power systems that make sure that it remains airborne. There are also some sensors in the drone to monitor the condition of the organ it carries, relaying that information back to medical staff on the ground.
When Transport and logistical issues is a major roadblock to completing more transplant surgeries, the invention of this drone is the perfect solution for it. According to the expert, Surgeon Joseph Scalea, technological invention like this could make up to 2,500 kidneys available per year. Apart from the transfer, this drone can also be used to monitor the organ’s health during the flight. The drone is a first of its kind, specially designed to not only transport but protect its precious cargo. There are numerous features in this drone; the parachute-recovery system is one of them. It the entire aircraft fails, it will still get down safely and the organ will be safe. The
The University of Maryland Medical Center has provided cutting-edge care in organ transplantation for more than 25 years. The president of University Mohan Suntha said that our Transplant Program cares for patients who come from our local community, the state, and the nation, many of whom have been turned away at other hospitals. We have the skill, talent, and knowledge to advance even the most complex transplant cases, often times not just improving but saving lives, he added.
The entire trip was under three miles; it was a short distance that enables all teams involved in the process to feel confident that the drone could carry the kidney. Doctors and scientists hope the delivery will lead to even more groundbreaking missions.This major innovation in human medicine and transplantation exemplifies two key components of the mission: innovation and collaboration. Innovation is in the heart of the focus on accelerating the pace and scope of discovery, where research can rapidly transform medicine. The experts’ involved in the mission said that this is just a small first step in a larger effort to enhance the delivery systems used for vital items like organs and other medical materials.
The recipient of the delivered kidney was a 44-year-old Baltimore woman, who had spent many years undergoing dialysis treatments ahead of the procedure. The transplant was completely successful, and she was discharged from the medical center soon. This delivery was documented in a brief YouTube video published by UMMC.