Swiss hospitals use drones to deliver lab samples

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Lugano, Switzerland’s Ospedale Italiano and the Ospedale Civico have begun using drones to send lab samples between the two hospital sites. Managed by Swiss Post, and with oversight from the Federal Office for Civil Aviation, the hospitals are using quadrocopters from the United States’ Matternet drone manufacturer. Each drone can carry up to two kilograms of material and has an average speed of 36 kilometers per hour for a maximum range of 20 kilometers in distance. Hospital staff members are trained in loading the safety boxes carried by the drones and use an app to launch each flight. The landing…

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