Dr. Andrew Odden Travels to Toronto to Present at Annual CHEST Meeting

Andrew Odden, MD

Hospitalist, Dr. Andrew Odden, made the journey to Toronto, Canada to present at the annual 2017 CHEST Meeting.

From the first meeting in 1935 to today, the CHEST Annual Meeting now attracts about 5,000 chest medicine professionals from around the world for clinical education in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. The event offers an innovative and diverse program that leverages state-of-the-art technology, case-based interactive discussions with topic experts, and a variety of hands-on and simulation-based learning activities for the entire chest medicine team.

Dr. Odden’s topic was “Treating sepsis on the wards: What is the evidence?”.

As one of four invited speakers, his presentation reviewed the existing data for treating patients with sepsis on the wards and discussed key differences between these patients and those who present to the ED and the ICU. Future areas of research will hopefully include better characterization of these patients.

Dr. Odden’s talk was part of a larger session titled “Sepsis on the Wards: Land of Opportunity or the Wild West?”.

The three other invited presenters included:

  • Matt Churpak of the University of Chicago who discussed using machine learning to identify patients on the wards at risk of deteriorating from sepsis.
  • Mitchell Levy of Brown University and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign who discussed the Surviving Sepsis Campaign’s wards sepsis collaborative. Dr. Odden was also part of this campaign. 
  • Craig Umscheid of the University of Pennsylvania who discussed using the Electronic Medical Record to diagnose patients with sepsis and the challenges of implementing a screening algorithm.