RESEARCH ARTICLE Can Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) Be Used for the Routine Transport of Chemistry,

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Background Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or drones) could potentially be used for the routine trans-port of small goods such as diagnostic clinical laboratory specimens. To the best of our knowledge, there is no published study of the impact of UAS transportation on laboratory tests. Methods Three paired samples were obtained from each one of 56 adult volunteers in a single phle-botomy event (336 samples total): two tubes each for chemistry, hematology, and coagula-tion testing respectively. 168 samples were driven to the flight field and held stationary. The other 168 samples were flown in the UAS for a range of times, from 6 to 38 minutes. After the flight, 33 of the most common chemistry, hematology, and coagulation tests were per-formed. Statistical methods as well as performance criteria from four distinct clinical, aca-demic, and regulatory bodies were used to evaluate the results. Result

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