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Blood Delivery by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

From the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting (recorded 6/27/2022)
Presented by Giselle Rieschick, PhD, SBB(ASCP)

The availability of blood products within the first hour after a combat injury is critical to saving lives. Recent advancements in the medical use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly known as a drone, highlights the potential for increased efficiency, pinpoint delivery to the point of need, and reduced costs for blood transport. In this time of strategic competition, the implications for replicating this across the force enables a wide number of additional uses.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify innovative way to deliver blood and blood products down range.
  • Summarize possible benefits of this initiative.
  • Provide timeline of implementation of initiative.

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of Blood Bank (General) will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This Basic-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.