On January 28-31, Chris Sulmonte, project administrator the Biocontainment Unit, will be attending the American Society of Microbiology Biothreats Conference in Arlington, VA. His abstract “Developing a Statewide Education Program to Support a High Consequence Pathogen Preparedness Network” was accepted as both a poster and peer-to-peer presentation. Additionally, an abstract by Mark Romig and Lauren Sauer on hospital incident command as applied to a BCU was also accepted as a poster.
In addition, four manuscripts written by the BCU team were accepted for the upcoming issue of Health Security. These articles focus on a wide variety of topics relevant to BCU operations and patient care. These pieces include a more in depth discussion of the BCU labor and delivery drill performed last year (nicknamed the OITS Drill), a paper delving into alternative uses for a BCU while not activated and an examination of bio-ethical considerations during the care of a patient in a BCU. We congratulate all the authors that have been involved during this process and look for more academic work to celebrate in the coming year.