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How to use the AI tool ‘Copilot’ in writing

Most large organizations have an enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) tool to protect their information and data. I am working with WHO staff on their writing and Copilot is the authorized one for WHO staff to use.

We work with students’ own texts that they have produced at work. You can often find a paragraph in the middle that is a block of text. To my eyes, it stands out as a paragraph that could do with more guidance for the reader. It has key phrases indicating either an order of information or a list of objectives, achievements, or maybe pros and cons. It takes time to put in subheadings and give visual layout clues for the reader, so this step is often missing.

The prompt I give Copilot is something like this: Can you put in subheadings and lists? I then cut and paste the paragraph and hey presto! Copilot instantly transforms it with easy-to-read subheadings and lists.

Here is an example of the before and after using this article from the WHO website:

https://www.who.int/news/item/09-05-2024-new-guidance-aims-to-reduce-bloodstream-infections-from-catheter-use

Here is Copilot’s response (NB: Copilot decided to give a summary as I didn’t ask for that):

Certainly! Here’s a concise summary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent guidelines on preventing bloodstream infections related to catheter use:

Background

The WHO has published global guidelines to address bloodstream infections caused by catheters placed in minor blood vessels during medical procedures.

Poor practices during catheter insertion, maintenance, and removal can introduce germs directly into the bloodstream, leading to serious conditions like sepsis and complications in major organs.

Soft tissue infections at the catheter insertion site are also a concern.

Key points

  1. Prevalence: Up to 70% of inpatients require catheters (peripherally inserted catheters or PIVCs) during their hospital stay.
  2. Vulnerability: Patients receiving treatments through catheters are particularly susceptible to infections due to serious illness or low immunity.
  3. Mortality: Health care-associated sepsis led to an average mortality of 24.4% between 2000 and 2018, rising to 52.3% among intensive care unit patients.
  4. Antibiotic Resistance: Many bloodstream infections result from antibiotic-resistant bacteria, contributing to 1.27 million deaths directly and 4.95 million deaths indirectly in 2019.

Recommendations for health workers

The guidelines emphasize the following areas:

  • Education and training: Properly educate health workers.
  • Asepsis and hand hygiene: Emphasize techniques for infection prevention.
  • Catheter management: Address insertion, maintenance, access, and removal.
  • Catheter selection: Choose appropriate catheters.

WHO’s commitment

WHO will collaborate with countries to implement best practices, reduce bloodstream infections, and ensure safe patient care.

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