The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the system developed by Excel Medical called the WAVE Clinical Platform, the first algorithm that helps predict sudden deaths and respiratory failures, up to six hours before they occur in order to prevent them.
The system looks at patient's vital signs including heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, body temperature, oxygen saturation, and through an app, which can be downloaded to tablets, smartphones or computers, can act as a warning signal that calculates the risk of heart attack or respiratory failure.
Lance Burton, General Manager of Excel Medical, explains that the software cross-links all the information and "anticipates patterns in the information that is not recognizable to the human eye," he said exclusively for the BBC.
According to the BBC report, WAVE establishes a scale ranging from 0 to 5 to indicate the level of risk before a patient suffers such an event. Above 3, sends an alert for the medical team to take their forecasts and provide the required care to the patient.
A study carried out by the Johns Hopkins University suggests that 10% of all deaths in the United States are due to medical errors.
"Many of the more than 250,000 deaths annually are potentially avoidable, according to Johns Hopkins," said the creators of WAVE.
Excel Medical tested the platform for eight weeks at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and considered that the results were successful. No unexpected death was recorded in patients who used the software, reports the BBC.