Biocontainment Unit

BCU Super User Retreat

BCU Super User Retreat

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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

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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!

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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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The BCU Receives Discovery Grant

The BCU Receives Discovery Grant

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The BCU is excited to be a 2018 recipient of the Fisher Center Discovery Program grant. Brian Garibaldi and Lauren Sauer were awarded the grant for their project entitled, “Environmental transmission and traceability of aerosolized bio-simulants in a clinical biocontainment unit." The grant will allow the BCU to continue its partnership with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab(...)

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Garibaldi and Sauer Receive Fisher Center Discovery Program Grant

Garibaldi and Sauer Receive Fisher Center Discovery Program Grant

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Brian Garibaldi, assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary and medical director of the Biocontainment Unit (BCU), and Lauren Sauer, assistant professor in Emergency Medicine and director of research for the BCU, received a 2018 Fisher Center Discovery Program (FCDP) grant for their project "Environmental transmission and traceability of aerosolized bio-simulants in a clinical biocontainment(...)

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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On November 30, the BCU conducted its latest quarterly drill. The drill involved a pregnant patient who went into labor in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Clinic, but was quickly identified as suspect for an unknown, novel and highly pathogenic respiratory illness. As such, the patient was transported via LifeLine in an IsoPod to the BCU.(...)

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Introducing the BCU Spotlight

Introducing the BCU Spotlight

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The BCU would like to introduce a new feature of the blog this month, the BCU Spotlight. We will use the spotlight to highlight the contributions of members of the BCU team. This month’s spotlight features BCU nurse superuser Sam Gutner. We are excited for our hospital-wide drill on November 30. We will simulate the(...)

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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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