By the time doctors diagnose septic shock, patients often are on a knife’s edge. At that point, for every hour that treatment is delayed, a person’s risk of death rises an alarming six percent.
Time is of the essence. And CALS animal sciences professor Mark Cook was part of a team that developed a breath biomarker technology capable of detecting septic shock 12 to 48 hours earlier than standard methods. This powerful device, which was patented in 2008 and is making its way through clinical trials, creates an exciting opportunity for new, life-saving medical interventions.