Johns Hopkins researchers set medical drone delivery record

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Johns Hopkins medical drone delivery

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With a 3-hour, 161-mile flight across the Arizona desert, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine completed a record-distance medical drone delivery.

During the flight, the drone’s payload system maintained the temperature of the human blood samples stored in a temperature-controlled chamber onboard, keeping them viable for lab analysis, according to the findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.

“We expect that in many cases, drone transport will be the quickest, safest and most efficient option to deliver some biological samples to a laboratory from rural or urban settings,” Dr. Timothy Amukele, assistant professor of pathology and the paper’s senior author, said in a press release

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