September has been team building month on the BCU. On Friday, September 16, the Department of Nursing treated the BCU team to a night out at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The following morning, BCU team members gathered at the Appalachian Challenge Course at the Park School of Baltimore, where Will Weiskopf and a team of enthusiastic high school students led the group through a fun and challenging ropes course. The group built self-confidence, increased trust in each other and came away with a closer bond.
The BCU has also been actively engaged in state and nationwide training activities. The BCU recently partnered with the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to create a video of the Deceased Patient Protocol. In this training video, nurses demonstrate the proper procedure to remove a deceased patient from an isolation room. This will hopefully be the first of many collaborative projects with DHMH on infectious diseases training and education. In addition to the DHMH partnership, the BCU joined with Emory University, Bellevue Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital to submit a multiyear proposal to the U.S. government to train federal healthcare workers in the care of patients with highly infectious diseases. If successful, this consortium would build a national Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center that would be a local, regional and national resource.