Organ transport drones. Experimental project in Turin

Using drones for organ transport. usING Drones for Organ Transplantation, or Indoor.

It is the new project promoted by DOT Foundation (Organ Donation and Transplantation), with the collaboration of Polytechnic of Turin, which blends science, high technology and ‘mobility’ of City of Health and the University of Turin.

Its goal is in fact to launch experiments for the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (this is the technical name of drones) in transplant medicine, or for the transport of biological material and organs, aimed at making them faster and faster. effective transfer between Piedmont hospitals, preserving the excellent quality and conservation of materials, and reducing transport times and costs.

A project that responds in a concrete way to the regulations adopted in 2015 as part of the State Regions Conference regarding transport connected with transplantation activities, which opens up new scenarios that were previously unthinkable.

Partners of the project, which have shared the high scientific and improving value for the quality of the service and the patient’s life, are some institutional bodies in the Piedmont area and / or reference bodies in the field of transplants at national level: the National Transplant Center (Cnt), the Regional Transplant Center (Crt), the Aou City of Health, the Polytechnic of Turin and the University of the same city. A project that would not have taken place without the ‘technical’ partners: theEnac (National Agency for Civil Aviation), the PIC4SeR (PoliTo Interdepartmental Center for Service Robotics), ProS3 specialized in the design of remotely piloted aircraft systems and Mavtech, a company whose core is the development of innovative products for aerial surveillance and operational support for civil applications. The engineering project will be developed thanks to a scholarship launched by the DOT Foundation, which is expected to be followed by others from the University of Turin and the Polytechnic.

In transplant medicine – he declares Antonio Amoroso, Coordinator of the Regional Transplant Center of the Piedmont Region – the transport of biological material and donor organs plays an important role. For each donation, approximately 150 each year in Piedmont and 1700 in Italy, it is necessary that the blood samples of the potential donor be delivered as soon as possible to the regional reference laboratories. In this project we also propose to develop the transport by drones of the kidneys to be transplanted. These organs, usually taken by local teams of the various hospitals in Piedmont, must be transferred directly to the transplant centers: the handling of test tubes and organs usually takes place by road, with time limits and unforeseen events due to traffic. However efficient and effective these ‘vehicles’ can present critical issues and the possibility of experimenting with new transport solutions not only opens up interesting scenarios, but also represents a challenge that we feel we can undertake to increase the safety and quality of our and all patients waiting for a transplant “.


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