The BCU has been busy training staff onsite, but also learning and training with other infectious disease experts from across the country. The BCU staff educator, a BCU staff member and members from Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control attended the National Ebola Training and Education Center’s (NETEC) Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness Training in Atlanta on October 10-11, 2016. The two-day conference was led by providers from Bellevue Hospital, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Emory University Hospital who have taken care of Ebola positive patients. The topics of the conference included pathogens of concern, pathogen specific strategies, laboratory considerations, state and regional CONOPS, clinical simulation scenarios and skills and exercise design development. Guest speaker Cy Wakeman gave a stimulating and engaging talk on Reality Based Leadership. Every time our staff members attend a NETEC conference, we gain valuable information to help better prepare the hospital and community for constant readiness. We look forward to sharing and learning from our colleagues across the nation to prepare for the next highly infectious disease outbreak in the future.

Please join us at our next BCU Quarterly Staff Meeting on Friday, November 11 from 10 a.m.-noon in Halsted 819. We will be joined by Sheri Lewis, MPH, program area manager, JHU/APL National Health Mission Area, who will be speaking about the new Applied Physics Laboratory National Health Mission Area (NHMA). APL is bringing focus to programs designed to predict and prevent illness, injury and disease; rapidly detect and respond to changes in health status; restore and sustain health and improve overall health and human performance.

Please RSVP to Mallory Reimers (mreimer2@jhmi.edu) if you are interested in attending as space is limited. We look forward to seeing you there!

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