In a first, drone used to carry blood bag in northern India
In a first, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) used the services of drones to carry blood in northern India’s Delhi.
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The inaugural drone flight carried 10 units of blood from the Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) located in Greater Noida and Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), Delhi on May 10.
Visuals showed the ‘i-Drone’ taking flight. Carrying the blood in the form of a package, the drone was operated to fly up and away from the area. As per a report, this was made possible through the collective efforts of the Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) located in Greater Noida, Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), Delhi and Jaypee Institute of Information Technology (JIIT) in Noida. While JIIT was used as the place for implementation of the drone sorties, the GIMS and LHMC were used as centres of testing samples and supplying blood bags.
Dr Rajiv Bahl shared that this wasn’t the first time this technology was used. “The i-DRONE was first used during the COVID-19 pandemic by the ICMR for distributing vaccines to unreachable areas. Today, we are transporting blood and blood-related products which are supposed to be kept at a low temperature. After the experiment, we found that not only can we maintain the temperature, there was also no damage to the products transported. We sent another sample through an ambulance to see if there are no differences in the samples sent using the two modes — then this drone will be used all over India.”