Drones carrying blood could be the future of rural medicine

From The Verge:

For people who live in remote areas, going to the doctor or getting lab tests can be challenging. That’s why using drones to drop off medical supplies or pick up blood samples for testing could be a game-changer. Some companies, like California-based Zipline, have been in the game for a few years, delivering blood for transfusions by drone in Rwanda, and soon in Tanzania.

As the technology becomes more widely used, researchers want to make sure that the precious biological samples transported by drone aren’t pulverized by the vehicle’s vibrating engine, or cooked by hot outside temperatures, for instance. Earlier studies showed that drone travel left blood undamaged, but those were short flights that didn’t reflect the distance a drone might have to travel to reach truly remote regions. (Zipline’s drones can fly around 93 miles in a trip.)

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