Sepsis Decision Support System

Sepsis is a potentially deadly whole-body inflammatory state caused by a severe infection. Most patients in hospitals are at risk for an infection which could develop into sepsis. If caught early, infections can often be treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated, the infection overwhelms the immune system and causes septic shock, a condition characterized by damage to vital organs and eventually death. Every year, sepsis causes thousands of preventable deaths in hospitals around the world.

We are currently working with doctors and nurses to collect data on ICU patients, in order to build a comprehensive decision support system for sepsis. Such a decision support system would monitor patients for subtle changes in vital signs that are indicative of sepsis and alert caretakers to these fluctuations. The hope is that this would allow clinicians to recognize sepsis earlier, allowing them to administer treatment earlier, saving lives.