What is a “human organ transport drone”?
Advances in technology have paved the way for unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, to deliver human organs. India’s first prototype drone for transporting human organs was unveiled virtually on Saturday by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. This move by MGM Healthcare is supposed to move the box containing organs at a first rate.
What is the “human organ transport drone”?
India, the largest in the world after the United States and China, ranks third with a maximum of 17,000 to 18,000 solid organ transplants every year. Organ transport requires significant coordination between transplant coordinators, organ donation organizations, recipients, and donor hospital and transport couriers. Due to undesirable circumstances, when shipping is ineffective or prolonged, organs experience increased cold ischemia time, which can lead to death. And to defend such circumstances, the human organ transport drone can be a godsend.
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The prototype of unmanned aerial vehicles to provide human organ transplant assistance is co-created by MGM Healthcare. Dr. Prashanth Rajagopalan, director of the hospital, informed the media that the transportation of human organs will be carried out by a Chennai-based drone company.
Further adding, he shared that these “drones carrying human organs” will be able to cover a maximum distance of 20 kilometers.
“Using drones to move the harvested organs from the airport to the hospital, unlike the existing mode, by road from the airport, will significantly reduce the time. This, in turn, will facilitate rapid organ transplantation,” he said.
Success will serve as a catalyst
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday praised MGM Healthcare for its contribution and said it was an innovative approach to solving the problem of organ transport. He said that this initiative will be quite important in solving the logistics of transporting organs and will also add to his measures to improve the infrastructure.
“We have started the highway project from Delhi to Dehradun. It will shorten the time. I am very cautious about organ transport. The transportation time will be less and the highway will be a green row of land operated with a system closed door”, he stated.
The inaugural program ended with congratulations from Dr. KR Balakrishnan, President, Cardiac Sciences, and Director, Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, MGM Healthcare; and his team for performing over 500 successful heart and lung transplants. He also commended the management of the hospital for spearheading the largest adult and pediatric heart transplant program in India.