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Artificial intelligence can be used to control infections

Dublin, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used nowadays in many ways to help prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases and manage daily hospital activities, according to an international research.

The research, which analyzed more than 30 articles on the use of this technology in various aspects of health care, underscored the importance of AI in its application to assess hospital cleaning, from the traditional manual scrubbing of every corner of the hospital to intelligent robots that know where to focus their cleaning.

“With the help of AI, robots can monitor the environment and air quality in real time and then perform cleaning when necessary,” the research added.

It pointed out that AI can also be used in facial recognition technologies to assess whether the personnel was wearing masks correctly.

The research noted that big data applications have enabled research groups in the United Kingdom to examine data from thousands of admissions to help identify when it is optimal to switch from intravenous antibiotics to oral antibiotics.

Each of the AI possibilities proven by such a study will be presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID 2024), and the lecture will be given by Professor Richard Drew, from Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, Dublin.

“We should be looking to delegate repetitive tasks to artificial intelligence systems, such as environmental cleaning and mask compliance auditing,” the expert said.

He stressed that it is critical for the staff to participate in AI developments and not feel overwhelmed with data production, nor consider AI monitoring systems to be too intrusive to their personal freedom.

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