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Sarah Vollam


Critical Care Researcher

Sarah has a clinical ICU nursing background and worked as a research nurse for several years before joining the university as a researcher. Her work focuses on detecting and managing clinical deteriorations in hospitalised patients.

Sarah is currently conducting the REFLECT project.This is a study investigating the course of care in patients following discharge from Intensive Care. This study aims to identify areas of clinical care where improvements can be made with the aim of reducing mortality in post-ICU patients. This study utilises a mixed methods approach and has a Human Factors focus.

Other projects include:

CALMS 2 - a trial of wireless physiological monitoring and an innovative electronic alerting system.

CALMS 3 - a database of patient vital signs data and clinical deterioration and outcome data. The aim of this database is to investigate the associations between abnormal vital signs and clinical outcome.

SILENCE - a study exploring noise in the ICU, the impact of this has on patients and methods for addressing and reducing excess noise.


Sarah holds an MSc in Clinical Research and is currently studying for a PhD.