Hosted through EngagePittTM, the University of Pittsburgh’s crowdfunding platform, the ThinkSepsis campaign seeks to raise $4,000 to initiate a pilot program that would equip first responders with tools to recognize and begin treatment for sepsis. Early intervention in sepsis diagnosis is crucial, since the risk of death increases by seven percent with every hour that sepsis remains undiagnosed and untreated. In addition, because cases of infection are diagnosed fewer than 30% of the time in EMS systems, the need for a tool like ThinkSepsis could be invaluable in filling this gap.
The campaign will run through March 4, 2015, and is partially funded by the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh). Click here to visit the campaign’s website.
Dr. Christopher Seymour, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine and innovator of the sepsis tool, explains that “Sepsis is common and deadly, and one in five septic patients don’t survive their hospital stay. The ThinkSepsis app will help efficiently transmit data from the ambulance to the hospital, so that septic patients can receive their care right away.”
The video below, produced by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh, illustrates the purpose and importance of the program: