Canada to Use Smart Technology to Detect Sepsis in Children


In Canada, physicians do not come across sepsis in children, as the pediatric sepsis is quite uncommon, unlike the case in developing countries. However, multiple recent deaths due to sepsis have highlighted the need for fast, reliable, and early identification of sepsis among children, as the condition can be lethal if not treated quickly.

According to the authors of a commentary in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) writes that with the help of artificial intelligence and smart technology that can be used to improve sepsis detection in children in Canada.

The tools used to detect sepsis need to be accurate, objective, rapid, and low in cost. They also need to be easily integrated into the current workflow of a busy clinical setting. Moreover, the tools used should require minimal training and effort and can offer clinical benefits mainly in the community settings where the prevalence and clinical experience with regard to sepsis is likely to be low, as per Mark Ansermino, BC Children’s Hospital and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, with coauthors.

The coauthors recommend that the smart technologies used currently are similar to those used to program automate medical imaging processing and washing machines, which can be utilized to automate data combination to detect symptoms of sepsis and various other relevant information. They also added by saying, the use of artificial intelligence can revolutionize healthcare by anticipating and recognizing of sepsis, through optimizing algorithms to a degree of precision that can optimize workflow efficiencies and avoid alert fatigue.

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