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Emergency Care Outside the Urban Core



Application period

2023-04-23 - 2023-08-17

Region Östergötland wants to explore the potential of using drones for emergency medical transport to destinations unknown in advance, particularly outside the urban core. Region Östergötland and the Unit for Prehospital Care have identified that time savings compared to ambulances could be significant.

Today, tests are being conducted around the country using drones to deliver defibrillators during cardiac arrest, where every minute counts. Drones could also be used to transport medical supplies to those in need in more remote areas. In addition, media transmission from an accident site using drones could improve decision-making before ambulance care arrives.

So, what's required to transport defibrillators or other medical supplies with drones outside urban areas? How can we enable surveillance and media transmission from an accident site? The goal is to visualize and simulate these scenarios to see if an implementation project might be possible.

Region Östergötland (and Aero EDIH) challenge you to join in this groundbreaking research. Seize the opportunity to help Region Östergötland step into the future and address the challenges of prehospital care in innovative ways.


Facts about Region Östergötland

Region Östergötland, located in southeastern Sweden, is one of the country's 21 regional units. Here are some interesting facts about the region. Region Östergötland is responsible for the county's health and medical care. This means that the region strives to offer residents good, accessible care of high quality. Primary Care units, vaccination clinics, general medical training centres, the 1177 service, morgues, and more are operated under the region's authority.

In addition to health and medical care, the region is also responsible for the county's public transport and regional development. This means they strive to create efficient transport networks and promote economic growth within the region. The region prides itself on being at the forefront of research and development in medical transport. They are currently exploring the use of drone technology to improve the efficiency and safety of medical transport.

Region Östergötland is responsible for prehospital care, including ambulance care, recumbent medical transport, and prioritization and directing of ambulance assignments. The region spans an area of about 10,500 square kilometres and has a population of around 460,000 inhabitants. The three largest cities in Region Östergötland are Linköping, Norrköping, and Motala. Linköping and Norrköping are known for their universities and Motala is known as Sweden's radio capital.