Drone transport is employed in several countries to deliver blood products to remote locations difficult to access by cars. Additionally, it offers a swift and secure way of transporting blood tubes from collection sites to laboratories for subsequent analysis. However, during drone transport the blood is exposed to vibrations, g-forces and variable ambient temperatures. Ensuring the preservation of the quality of blood samples during aerial transportation is a crucial prerequisite for the widespread utilisation of drones for blood transportation. In this review, we will summarise the current knowledge on the impact of drone transport on hematological and biochemical parameters.

(BELG J HEMATOL 2023;14(7):274–7)