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Quantifying the effects of vibration on medicines in transit caused by fixed-wing and multi-copter drones

Quantifying the effects of vibration on medicines in transit caused by fixed-wing and multi-copter drones
Quantifying the effects of vibration on medicines in transit caused by fixed-wing and multi-copter drones
The concept of transporting medical products by drone is gaining a lot of interest amongst the medical and logistics communities. Such innovation has generated several questions, a key one being the potential effects of flight on the stability of medical products. The aims of this study were to quantify the vibration present within drone flight, study its effect on the quality of the medical insulin through live flight trials, and compare the effects of vibration from drone flight with traditional road transport. Three trials took place in which insulin ampoules and mock blood stocks were transported to site and flown using industry standard packaging by a fixed-wing or a multi-copter drone. Triaxial vibration measurements were acquired, both in-flight and during road transit, from which overall levels and frequency spectra were derived. British Pharmacopeia quality tests were undertaken in which the UV spectra of the flown insulin samples were compared to controls of known turbidity. In-flight vibration levels in both the drone types exceeded road induced levels by up to a factor of three, and predominant vibration occurred at significantly higher frequencies. Flown samples gave clear insulin solutions that met the British Pharmacopoeia specification, and no aggregation of insulin was detected.
UAV, blood, dangerous goods, drone, healthcare, insulin, logistics, medicine, vibration
2504-446X
Oakey, Andy
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Waters, Timothy
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Zhu, Wanqing
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Cherrett, Thomas
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Majoe, Dennis
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Cherrett, Thomas
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Majoe, Dennis
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Oakey, Andy, Waters, Timothy, Zhu, Wanqing, Royall, Paul, Cherrett, Thomas, Courtney, Patrick, Majoe, Dennis and Jelev, Nickolay (2021) Quantifying the effects of vibration on medicines in transit caused by fixed-wing and multi-copter drones. Drones, 5 (1), [22]. (doi:10.3390/drones5010022).

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Abstract

The concept of transporting medical products by drone is gaining a lot of interest amongst the medical and logistics communities. Such innovation has generated several questions, a key one being the potential effects of flight on the stability of medical products. The aims of this study were to quantify the vibration present within drone flight, study its effect on the quality of the medical insulin through live flight trials, and compare the effects of vibration from drone flight with traditional road transport. Three trials took place in which insulin ampoules and mock blood stocks were transported to site and flown using industry standard packaging by a fixed-wing or a multi-copter drone. Triaxial vibration measurements were acquired, both in-flight and during road transit, from which overall levels and frequency spectra were derived. British Pharmacopeia quality tests were undertaken in which the UV spectra of the flown insulin samples were compared to controls of known turbidity. In-flight vibration levels in both the drone types exceeded road induced levels by up to a factor of three, and predominant vibration occurred at significantly higher frequencies. Flown samples gave clear insulin solutions that met the British Pharmacopoeia specification, and no aggregation of insulin was detected.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 March 2021
Published date: 13 March 2021
Keywords: UAV, blood, dangerous goods, drone, healthcare, insulin, logistics, medicine, vibration

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Local EPrints ID: 447841
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/447841
ISSN: 2504-446X
PURE UUID: 082ea3be-46c5-4a01-b23c-f1d9c4cfb5e9
ORCID for Andy Oakey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1796-5485

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Date deposited: 24 Mar 2021 17:34
Last modified: 16 Sep 2021 11:12

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Author: Andy Oakey ORCID iD
Author: Timothy Waters
Author: Wanqing Zhu
Author: Paul Royall
Author: Thomas Cherrett
Author: Patrick Courtney
Author: Dennis Majoe
Author: Nickolay Jelev

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