Times sure are changing! I recently read in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology a study comparing final hematology and chemistry testing results from hematology and chemistry samples transported by drones for 3 hours vs. more traditional specimen transportation.
Paired samples were obtained from 21 healthy volunteers. Half the samples were held stationary in an air conditioned automobile and the other half were transported in a cooling box mounted on the drone. The stationary samples were held at 27.3 degrees C while the drone specimens were maintained at 24.8 degrees C.
Implications for the Future
We will be reading more such studies as the availability of drones will enable our more rural areas to transport specimens more rapidly to reference laboratories to obtain testing results more expeditiously, particularly in emergency situations.