The BCU is excited to be a 2018 recipient of the Fisher Center Discovery Program grant. Brian Garibaldi and Lauren Sauer were awarded the grant for their project entitled, “Environmental transmission and traceability of aerosolized bio-simulants in a clinical biocontainment unit." The grant will allow the BCU to continue its partnership with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL) to study how aerosolized pathogens move through the biocontainment unit space. This work will inform protocol development as well as lead to new breakthroughs in personal protective equipment and unit design.

The BCU is also excited about our upcoming annual visit from the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC). As part of the site visit, we will be holding an eight hour “Day in the Life” drill called “The Ocho” where our team will care for a standardized patient with a high consequence respiratory virus for an entire day shift, including signout and morning huddle. This will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase our capabilities to NETEC as well as to practice some of our more time intensive protocols, such as autoclave operations.

If you are interested in being part of the NETEC site visit, please contact Chris Sulmonte as space is limited.

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