The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH).
The Case for an Unusual Collaboration: Artist-Designer, Physicians, and Nurses
This talk will focus on collaborations of both medical and non-medical academics, students, and members of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Children’s Center clinical faculty and staff. Specifically, the talk will be broken up into three different parts: 1) Noise in the NICU—This case study will focus on the unusual level of noise inherent in NICUs around the world. The talk will outline the discovery process, our mistakes, and the ultimate solutions that address the complexity of the noise problem. One discovery revealed that noise cancellation was not the ultimate solution for newborns. 2) Hand washing in the hospital—Why do healthcare workers, family members, and friends all forget to wash their hands in the hospital? I will explore the phenomenon of human habits, and the effectiveness of measuring the right data that have a real impact in changing human behavior. 3) Pediatric pain management using virtual reality—I had a hard time believing the truth when a neurologist at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center told me that I don’t actually feel my back pain. Yet, while observing a very precise, therapeutic environment (i.e., pediatric medicine), I wondered if we could reduce the need for pain medications as part of the standard of pediatric medical care.