ICMR successfully tests blood bag delivery under iDrone initiative
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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recently successfully tested the delivery of blood bags by drone under its iDrone initiative.
An overview of the news
The trial run was conducted on May 10, 2023, a drone carrying a blood bag weighing 500 grams flew for a distance of 12 kilometres and delivered it safely at the designated location.
The drone then returned to the base station with another blood bag.
Its objective is to address the challenges of blood transfusion services in rural and tribal areas, where access to blood banks and transportation facilities is limited.
About iDrone initiative
It was launched by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
It aims to assess the feasibility of using drones to deliver vaccines and medical supplies.
The i-Drone was first used by the ICMR during the COVID-19 pandemic for the delivery of vaccines to inaccessible areas.
It is now being used to deliver blood and blood-related products that need to be kept at low temperatures.
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