In For A Shock? AIIMS Team Says It Can Predict Episode 12 Hours In AdvanceAIIMS, New Delhi (@DDNewsLive/Twitter)

An AIIMS-led multi-institutional team of researchers has devised an algorithm based on machine learning that forecasts the probability of a shock happening (less blood and oxygen supply to major organs, which can lead to death), reports The Hindu.

The algorithm detects shock (also caused due to loss of blood volume, inefficient pumping by the heart or infection) at the time from a photo taken using thermal imaging and has an accuracy of 75 per cent.

It can forecast the probability of a shock happening three, six and 12 hours (with an accuracy of 77, 69 and 69 per cent respectively) before clinical recognition can be done using the gold standard (intra-arterial blood pressure) method.

According to The Hindu, the algorithm was used along with pulse rate to both detect and predict shock and the results are published in the Scientific Reports journal.

The current study employs a single image in detecting and predicting the shock. "For continuous monitoring, images have to be taken at regular intervals. We are expanding the scope of the work by using video for continuous monitoring,” Dr Tavpritesh Sethi, Department of Paediatrics at AIIMS, New Delhi, who led the team, was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

Sethi also said the clinical use of the model was safe and would start operations at AIIMS within six months. “The team is also excited about launching a smartphone application which will incorporate the model capability to predict shock,” he added.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement