On May 15-16, 2019, the Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit–in collaboration with the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC)–hosted a comprehensive workshop on high consequence pathogen preparedness. Approximately 150 individuals from around the country attended, bringing together expertise in critical care, nursing, public health, administration, medical transport and laboratory operations.
The two-day workshop featured several tracks, each emphasizing a different component of high consequence pathogen preparedness. In the hospital simulation center, ICU providers learned how to perform critical care procedures while in full personal protective equipment (PPE). On the biocontainment unit, nurses learned how to conduct routine patient care under high consequence pathogen conditions. Other disciplines learned about the logistics and operational planning for high consequence pathogen preparedness.
The event was a chance to showcase the diverse talents of the Hopkins BCU team and all of our collaborators including colleagues across JHU as well as the Maryland Department of Health. This was the first of what we hope will be many educational events in collaboration with our partners at NETEC.