“”I did a transplant where the organ flew 1,500 miles from Alabama on a commercial aircraft and it took 29 hours,” Scalea said. “That’s ridiculous. It could have been here in six. And yet that’s accepted as how we do things.”
Organs don’t last long outside the body, and delays and mistakes mean some lose quality or can’t be transplanted. Scalea is frustrated that the system relies on couriers, commercial airline schedules and costly charter flights arranged by local nonprofit agencies. He cited a recent $80,000 charter to deliver a liver to Baltimore from Texas and an unrelated case in which a heart was accidentally left on a commercial plane flying from Seattle.
That led Scalea to try to jump to the head of a movement already underway to resolve the technical, regulatory and medical hurdles to using drones to shepherd medical supplies such as blood, medicines, and now body parts, anywhere around the country at any time…”
6 thoughts on “Use Drones to Deliver Organs for Transplant? Surgeon Says it Would Save Precious Time”
Looks like somethin from a Sufi movie
But I want to drive I thought
It’s an amazing idea, but what if the drone malfunctions? That’s one life taken.
Angelina Duffer Sure, but, well, for a drone to take a life, it would have to fall from a very high distance, with enough weight and velocity behind it to slam into someone’s head, and even if that were to happen from time to time, which I’m sure it might, I would be confident in believing that less lives will be lost from that manner than those that will be saved by these organs. Furthermore, I’m also confident in believing that more lives would be lost by cars and car accidents every minute of every day than any lives these drones ‘might’ take out. So I’m willing to gamble on this tech.
Wasim Muklashy What I meant is what if the machine malfunctions and ends up not delivering the organ? Or maybe it sends the organ to the wrong place?
I’m not gonna argue with a man that ain’t wrong. You make good points for reason not to use them plus when I was younger I new guy’s that would shot at em just to see if they could have hit it. Not saying its rite to shoot at em I’m just sayi