Biocontainment Unit

BCU Research Update

BCU Research Update

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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(...)

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Celebrating the Holidays

Celebrating the Holidays

Posted by  | Patient Care

To celebrate the holidays, the BCU team threw a party at Urban Axes Baltimore on Saturday, December 15. With 33 attendees, this team building exercise was a huge success and allowed staff members in different functional areas to get to know one another better. With tournaments to test BCU members' axe throwing skills, this was(...)

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Tabletop Exercises

Tabletop Exercises

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On October 23, the BCU team hosted a tabletop exercise to discuss the logistics behind transporting and caring for pediatric patients with suspected Lassa fever. In a real-life scenario, a patient transport would require coordination and communication with many of our local and state representatives. We partnered with Frederick Memorial Hospital, a Maryland Special Pathogen(...)

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Maryland Department of Health Readiness Program

Maryland Department of Health Readiness Program

Posted by  | Patient Care

Over the summer, the BCU team and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) developed a statewide training and education program aimed at supporting and providing resources to frontline and assessment hospitals throughout the state. As a part of this program, the BCU team will travel to each of the five Special Pathogen Assessment Hospitals (SPAH) in(...)

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Operation Limelight

Operation Limelight

Posted by  | Patient Care

On Wednesday, August 29, the BCU team held a short exercise called Operation Limelight for congressional staffers and media outlets. Operation Limelight was a demonstration of several aspects of an activated unit including patient admission via an Isopod, personal protective equipment (PPE) donning and doffing procedures, autoclave operations, laboratory specimen processing and adaptive communication via(...)

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Rounding Out the Summer

Rounding Out the Summer

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The BCU is rounding out its quarterly validations for the month of August. Twenty-six nurses, eight laboratory technicians, six respiratory therapists, three radiology technicians, 17 providers and 13 infection control personnel completed over 200 total hours of training. One of the more fun training objectives included the annual fire extinguisher training with personnel from the(...)

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BCU Super User Retreat

BCU Super User Retreat

Posted by  | Patient Care

Jade Flinn, BCU nurse educator, is developing and training eight dedicated nurse clinicians to lead and facilitate training sessions and activate the unit in Jade’s absence. This will add a greater degree of preparedness and sustainability to our unit’s unique needs through the sharing of knowledge and responsibility. Shelby Cahill, Dauryne Shaffer, Grace Carter, Sam(...)

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June News

June News

Posted by  | Patient Care

On June 4-5, the BCU team travelled to Minneapolis for the third annual summit of the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC). This two-day conference brought together representatives from the ten Regional Ebola and Special Pathogens Treatment Centers (RESPTCs) as well as officials from the CDC, WHO, ASPR and NIOSH. The summit focused on(...)

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We’re Published!

We’re Published!

Posted by  | Patient Care

On March 14, the BCU published its first manuscript describing a new methodology to study how infectious pathogens travel through our clinical space. In partnership with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, we used a cough machine named “Barney” to recreate a human cough composed of fluorescent microbeads. We then used sensors placed throughout the(...)

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The Ocho Drill

The Ocho Drill

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On Tuesday, February, the Biocontainment Unit hosted the National Ebola Training Center (NETEC) for its annual site assessment. Representatives from Nebraska Medical, Emory and New York Bellevue hospitals came together to discuss the progress the Johns Hopkins BCU has made in the last year and observed BCU staff in a full scale exercise, the Ocho(...)

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