Bay Area Harper Lecture with Samuel Volchenboum

Is Critical Illness Contagious?

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Anyone who has worked in a hospital will tell you that bad things seem to happen in clusters. A study at the University of Chicago Medical Center found that when a patient developed a critical illness, there was a 40 percent increase in risk to nearby patients. When there was more than one sick patient, the risk to others increased by 90 percent. Could critical illness be “contagious”? Is the increased risk the result of nurses and physicians turning their attention to the sick patient? Is it a lack of vigilance toward the other patients during these events? Or are there others factor at work—perhaps events beyond our control, like traffic and weather?

Event Details

6:00p.m. Registration and networking
6:30p.m. Presentation and discussion
7:30p.m. Reception

$10/recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for Class of 2015 UChicago alumni
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, Medical and Biological Alumni Leadership Societies

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 Featured Faculty

Samuel Volchenboum
is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medical Center and serves as the director of the Center for Research Informatics. He is a fellow and faculty member in the Computation Institute and the associate chief research information officer for the Biological Sciences Division. An expert in biomedical informatics, he specializes in using computational tools and infrastructure to analyze large data sets derived from electronic medical records and other patient-related information.

Event Contact
Mary Kovacs
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