Israel test-drives drone blood transfers between hospitals

Renee Ghert-Zand is the health reporter and a feature writer for The Times of Israel.

Staff from Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya check blood after it arrives by drone from Haifa's Rambam Medical Center, April 2, 2023. (Roni Albert/Galilee Medical Center)
Staff from Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya check blood after it arrives by drone from Haifa's Rambam Medical Center, April 2, 2023. (Roni Albert/Galilee Medical Center)

The first pilot run of a drone transferring blood from one hospital to another in Israel is completed today.

Units of blood provided by Magen David Adom were flown by an autonomous craft built by the Brazilian company Speedbird Aero from Rambam Medical Center in Haifa to Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, 25 kilometers (15 miles) away. The test involved the transfer of 3.8 kilograms (8.4 lbs) of blood. This drone model can carry up to 10 kilograms

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