September is National Preparedness Month, which encourages Americans to focus on preparing for emergencies and making plans to protect their health. It's not too late to start planning for emergencies like hurricanes, lengthy power outages and more. A few simple preparations like stocking up on nonperishable foods, water and medical supplies could make a big difference in an emergency. Learn more about how to prepare you and your family from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response.

BCU Staff published two articles in the Clinical Infectious Diseases Prevention Epicenters supplement entitled, Personal Protective Equipment for Preventing Contact Transmission of Pathogens: Innovations from CDC’s Prevention Epicenters Program:

Development and Comparison of Complementary Methods to Study Potential Skin and Inhalational Exposure to Pathogens During Personal Protective Equipment Doffing

Effect of an Intervention Package and Teamwork Training to Prevent Healthcare Personnel Self-contamination During Personal Protective Equipment Doffing

 

 

The BCU team has continued building its partnerships with frontline and assessment hospitals throughout the state of Maryland through ongoing trainings. Several of these facilities have adapted and integrated pieces of hazmat ensembles into their personal protective equipment ensembles for infectious diseases and our team jumped at the chance to try them on to offer feedback.

 

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