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After losing 18-day-old daughter, father creates robot capable of saving lives in hospitals

After losing 18-day-old daughter, father creates robot capable of saving lives in hospitals

The loss of little Laura , who died of sepsis at 18 days of life, was the great kick-start for his father, Jacson Fressatto, to start the project that today has transformed the destiny of several lives: the Robot Laura. The father spent many months researching and investigating hospital cases: "I wanted to find a culprit, who had erred," he recalls.

But this was how he understood that there were no culprits, but a system with many gaps. "On the day Laura was hospitalized, the pediatrician who treated the case asked me to be the donor of platelets, but this formal request arrived only 14 days later, so I wanted to understand the delay, the dynamics, the logic, the professionals involved, the resources used, everything to have the definition of this process, "he says.

For you to have a notion, sepsis is the main cause of deaths in intensive care units (ICU) and Brazil has one of the highest rates of world mortality due to the problem - about 55% of the cases, according to data from the Latin American Sepsis Institute. Annually, there are 400,000 new cases and up to 240,000 deaths. Also known as generalized infection or septicemia, sepsis occurs when a picture of infection is aggravated, causing the body to be unable to control it.

The search for a solution to this problem resulted in a 7-year health audit , in which parallel technologies were created for these issues. There were many nights, weekends, prototypes and tests, until the final version was born.

Hospital Nossa Senhora das Graças, in Curitiba, was the first to use the technology, and in some months it was already possible to notice the reduction of 17% in sepsis mortality and 85% in the time between the change in the organism and the administration of the antibiotic, a determinant factor for the patient's chances of recovery.

How does Laura work?

Laura is a super robot cognitive technology. In other words, it is able to learn and identify patterns and talk directly to the operating area of ​​an institution.

When installed the robot aims to access all hospital data, including laboratory machines. From this mapping, he can analyze all patient data and warn the care team if there is any worsening.

This warning happens thanks to a feature present in the robot called "Anxiety of Laura". "Any little change it already collects the information and crosses the data to understand," says the creator.

Dream of Laura

The project has already won several awards, such as the SESI ODS edition of 2017, in which it was recognized that Robot Laura helps the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS), which are 17 goals to promote economic and environmental sustainability with peaceful and inclusive societies promoted by the UN. It also won the 2016 Pfizer Challenge Award - Commitment Category, Health Reference Award 2016 - Patient Safety and Quality and Ozires Silva Award 2017 - Globally Responsible Leader.

And from now on, Jacson wants much more. "We are going to introduce Robot Laura to a UN group and our biggest dream is to reduce sepsis mortality in Brazil by 5%," he says. "Where do I want to go? Where people have died of sepsis," he says.


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