The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has officially launched its drone programme, a cutting edge approach to reducing the waiting period for blood transfers.
What the SANBS drone programme is all about
Often times, hospitals lose lives due to circumstances outside of their control, like high traffic congestion. The life of a human being, at times, hangs on the transfer of blood that needs to get from point A to B within a reasonable time frame.
SANBS has identified issues related to high volumes of incidents that occur in hospitals where the blood was not delivered from point A to B in time.
The drone programme, which was launched on Thursday, in Port Elizabeth, seeks to address this issue. The use of a drone will eliminate issues such as time, traffic and human error.
The South African National Blood Service (SANBS)have announced that they are piloting new technology to advance their services. SANBS in Port Elizabeth says they will be piloting the use of a drone to service disadvantaged areas and cities with high traffic congestion #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/YUuIiJkMjq
— Jayed-Leigh Paulse (@JayedLeigh) November 7, 2019
Based on the acceptability of it using certain routes — to ensure it does not interfere with air traffic — the drone could cut the delivery time of blood transportation in half.
The drone’s advantage is that, based on the quality of its engineering, it can travel at very high speed, with little to no interference. However, it does function in short bursts.