Biocontainment Unit

Additions to the BCU

Additions to the BCU

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The BCU is excited to announce two additions to our leadership team! Jennifer Andonian has been appointed the interim BCU program manager. Jen was recently named one of HEIC’s senior infection preventionists. She has served as one of our HEIC BCU leads for the last two years and has played a large role in our success over(...)

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Evolving Research and Training Opportunities

Evolving Research and Training Opportunities

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This past month the BCU hosted its first quarterly staff meeting of the new academic year. During the meeting, BCU team members received a global update on highly infectious diseases as well as a summary of recent BCU activities. We rounded out the quarterly staff activities with crabs at Nick’s Fish House in celebration of(...)

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We’ll Miss You, Mallory!

We’ll Miss You, Mallory!

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This past month the BCU continued our engagement with the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) by sending two of our providers to a pediatric training session at Texas Children’s Hospital. Riley and Grace participated in live action simulation with providers from across the country and their lessons learned will help us to continue to(...)

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NETEC Summit

NETEC Summit

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On June 27-28, over a dozen members of the BCU team traveled to Emory University to participate in the second annual National Ebola Training and Education Center Summit. As the HHS Region 3 Ebola and Special Pathogens Treatment Center, the BCU team shared our experiences over the last year with a particular focus on the strides we(...)

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NETEC Site Visits

NETEC Site Visits

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Several members of the BCU leadership team received invitations to be a part of the National Ebola Training and Education Center’s (NETEC) site visits this spring. Lauren Sauer, director of research for the BCU, visited Nebraska in March. Mallory flew down to Atlanta to take part in Emory’s site visit. Brian Garibaldi had the opportunity to(...)

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Second Annual NETEC Site Visit

Second Annual NETEC Site Visit

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The BCU team hosted the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) for their second annual Hopkins site visit on May 17-18. NETEC faculty were on hand from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Emory University and Bellevue Hospital to meet with the BCU team and to share best practices in high containment care. The(...)

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The BCU’s Biggest Drill Yet

The BCU’s Biggest Drill Yet

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The BCU participated in an international preparedness drill organized by the State Department and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in early April. Eleven mock patients were flown from West Africa in a new biocontainment transport system. On arrival to Dulles, the patients were transported to one of five Regional Ebola and Special(...)

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The BCU Visits the Original Biocontainment Unit

The BCU Visits the Original Biocontainment Unit

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Spring is finally here and the BCU has been in full swing gearing up for a season of preparedness activities. In addition to our regularly scheduled training activities, we have participated in several exciting events since our last post. The BCU welcomed Eric Toner from the Center for Health Security as our guest speaker at(...)

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Gearing Up for Spring

Gearing Up for Spring

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On February 9, the BCU team co-hosted a symposium on transportation for patients with highly infectious diseases at the American Society of Microbiology Biothreats Conference in Washington, DC. During the symposium, David Drewry from the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) presented exciting new data from research that was conducted on the BCU. APL has developed a(...)

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Starting the New Year Off Right

Starting the New Year Off Right

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The new year is off to a good start for the Biocontainment Unit. The nurses participated in their quarterly training session this month. Using a mannequin and other equipment from the Simulation Center, the nurses were able to practice physical assessment with a digital stethoscope, specimen collection from a central line, central line dressing changes and other routine patient care activities.(...)

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