The first case of kidney transplantation delivered

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The first UAV delivery of transplanted kidney achieved initial success, opening up a new channel for human organ transportation

UAV delivery seems to be applicable to only two things: takeout and organ transplantation. Both are relatively light and time sensitive. Well, the experiment of using drones to deliver kidneys in freezers around Baltimore has yielded positive results, which seems promising

the test flight was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland and led by surgeon Joseph scalea. In the past, he has been frustrated by the lack of flexibility of the air transportation system, and he believes that drones are an obvious way to solve the last mile problem

Scalea and his colleagues improved a DJI M600 UAV to carry a refrigerator load, and designed a wireless biosensor to monitor organs in flight

after waiting for a few months, their subjects were assigned a healthy kidney. This anchor bolt kidney can be tested, but it is not enough for transplantation. When it landed in Baltimore, the group EVOH, as a high barrier material, put it into a container and let it carry out 14 missions at different distances and locations. The longest one is 3 miles, which is the actual distance between hospitals in the region. The maximum speed is 67.6 km/h, or 42 miles/h

renal biopsy is performed before and after flight, including after reference flight on small aircraft, which is another common way of transporting organs over medium distances. Renal biopsy is usually called renal puncture. In order to clarify the etiology and pathology of the disease and further confirm the specific disease of the patient, renal biopsy is needed at this time, which is for equipment manufacturers of recycled plastic granulator

the result is good: Despite the threat of potential cold wind and heat from the UAV Engine (although this threat is mitigated by selecting the design of the remote motor rotor setting), the temperature of the container remains at 2.5 degrees Celsius, slightly higher than the freezing point. The vibration and maneuvering of the drone did not seem to cause any damage

medical UAVs have been able to deliver drugs, vaccines and medical aids faster in many medical emergencies, such as providing distribution services for many remote areas inaccessible by ambulances or areas with poor road conditions or patients in urgent need of special drugs or blood. However, the restrictions on UAV and organ transportation make this type of transportation unlikely to occur in a short time, but research like this makes it possible to challenge these restrictions. Once the molding methods of waste plastic recycled materials include extrusion molding, injection molding, blow molding, compression molding, calendering molding, casting molding and foaming molding, the risks of kidney, liver, blood and other tissues or important medical supplies may be transported in this way. In many cases, every minute counts

people can also imagine the usefulness of this kind of UAV delivery in disaster situations. At that time, not only ordinary aircraft, but also land vehicles may encounter difficulties in passing through cities. Drones should be able to carry much-needed supplies, but before that, they must be studied to ensure that they do not clot blood or anything

although the aerial organ transplant transmission network still faces some severe regulatory and practical obstacles, we look forward to the day when the product concept of the cutting-edge science and technology is transformed into reality and benefits people's commercial value

the details of this study were published in the IEEE Journal of health and medical translational engineering

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