There are certain areas in need of blood, that cannot be accessed via road, water or rail. To ensure blood supply to such regions, many organisations have been considering using drones to carry blood bags. However, is that a safe option? Engadget reports that according to Johns Hopkins researchers, it is.
The researchers have determined that it is now safe to carry large bags of blood products (such as transfusions) using drones. They found out through a study, that the machines didn’t affect the chemical, hemotological or microbial traits of samples flown at an altitude of 328 feet. This was despite carrying them as far as 12 miles away. In fact, as long as the blood is kept in a temperature-monitored cooler, it can be used almost instantly. The news is ground-breaking for rescuers and people from rural communities.