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Possibly the first real-time system for sepsis detection

An interdisciplinary team of scientists and researchers at Vanderbilt University has come up with a high-tech approach to combat sepsis, one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States and is responsible for more than half a million people worldwide every year.

The team is made up of clinicians and informatics experts from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and computer scientists from Vanderbilt's Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS). They have developed and begun testing what they believe is the first real-time system for sepsis detection. In May, the system was deployed in the hospital's intensive care unit to test its effectiveness. This summer, they will add an automated decision support system designed to guide attending physicians through the complex process of sepsis treatment.

 
 

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