This month, the BCU continued to expand its partnerships through the Maryland Ebola and Special Pathogen Training Program with multiple facilities in the state. In the month of September, the BCU team provided three training sessions with the emergency department as well as labor and delivery staff at Howard County General Hospital. In addition, the education team provided a course at Baltimore Washington Medical Center and two full-day training session at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Moving into first half of October, the BCU team had the pleasure to provide training to staff at UM Laurel Medical Center with healthcare workers from all UM Capital Region Health facilities and provided a full-day course with the team at MedStar Franklin Square. We are excited to see the program continue to grow as we open new partnerships and opportunities throughout the state.
This month also saw the release of “An International Review of High Level Isolation Units,” funded through the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and written by Allison Sykes, a senior nurse from Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, England. The report highlights Allison's visits to biocontainment units around the world, including Johns Hopkins. Over the course of two days, the BCU team walked Allison through the facilities and provided perspective on the development and continued maintenance of the space and staff over the past four years. The appendix focused on the Johns Hopkins BCU can be found on page 54.