Ibraheem AltamimiKing Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Title: Snakebite Advice and Counseling From Artificial Intelligence: An Acute Venomous Snakebite Consultation With ChatGPT
Background: Snakebites, particularly from venomous species, present a significant global public health challenge. Access to accurate and timely information regarding snakebite prevention, recognition, and management is crucial for minimizing morbidity and mortality. Artificial intelligence (AI) language models, such as ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer), have the potential to revolutionize the dissemination of medical information and improve patient education and satisfaction.
Methods: This study aimed to explore the utility of ChatGPT, an advanced language model, in simulating acute venomous snakebite consultations. Nine hypothetical questions based on comprehensive snakebite management guidelines were posed to ChatGPT, and the responses were evaluated by clinical toxicologists and emergency medicine physicians.
Results: ChatGPT provided accurate and informative responses related to the immediate management of snakebites, the urgency of seeking medical attention, symptoms, and health issues following venomous snakebites, the role of antivenom, misconceptions about snakebites, recovery, pain management, and prevention strategies. The model highlighted the importance of seeking professional medical care and adhering to healthcare practitioners' advice. However, some limitations were identified, including outdated knowledge, lack of personalization, and inability to consider regional variations and individual characteristics.
Conclusion: ChatGPT demonstrated proficiency in generating intelligible and well-informed responses related to venomous snakebites. It offers accessible and real-time advice, making it a valuable resource for preliminary information, education, and triage support in remote or underserved areas. While acknowledging its limitations, such as the need for up-to-date information and personalized advice, ChatGPT can serve as a supplementary source of information to complement professional medical consultation and enhance patient education. Future research should focus on addressing the identified limitations and establishing region-specific guidelines for snakebite management.
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