ORLANDO, Fla. – Maternal health remains a concern in the United States due in part to undetected hemorrhaging.
A new technology called Triton, a product of Gauss Surgical, detects blood loss in real time using artificial intelligence.
Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies is the first hospital in Central Florida to begin training nurses to use this particular AI technology in the labor and delivery department.
"This is the first product that's really been geared towards helping moms have a better outcome," nurse Lorraine Parker said.
The system works like a camera on an iPad, analyzing surgical sponges using facial recognition technology to identify grams of hemoglobin. The faster nurses can identify blood loss over other fluids, the better the outcome for patients.
"Prior to this technology, it was manual, so they would have to literally stop what they were doing, measure things on a scale, weigh them, subtract things out and it was time consuming," Parker said.
Parker also said until now the decision to order blood transfusions has been subjective based on visual estimations.
"What we're finding is people bleed less, than what we thought, so prior to this people were having estimated blood losses over 500, and with this product we've seen it be less than 100," Parker said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the last 15 years, the number of maternal deaths has risen significantly in the U.S. due to undetected hemorrhaging.
By the end of 2018 the new Triton technology will be rolled out in every labor and delivery unit and operating room at Winnie Palmer Hospital.
The Triton technology is one piece of a $1 million investment in Gauss Surgical medical advancements to be used in the hospital.