Diagnosing Sepsis with Machine and the Human Touch

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In the early 1700s, the medical community was torn over a new piece of technology that would forever change medicine — the thermometer. Some doctors believed it would revolutionize the way we diagnosed disease. Others thought the newfangled technology would cause doctors to lose that personal touch with their patients.

Hundreds of years later, similar arguments take place with each step modern medicine takes. Scientific American recently wrote an article highlighting the struggle and included our doctors’ research as an example of how caretakers can combine old and new ways of diagnosing disease to better treat patients. By using the combination of technology and clinicians’ practiced touch, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Pediatric Sepsis Program was able to increase sepsis detection rates from 86 percent to over 99 percent.

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