Biocontainment Unit

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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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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End-of-Year Updates

End-of-Year Updates

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On December 15, staff members and providers from 11 departments at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center participated in our final quarterly preparedness drill of 2016. Visitors from the National Ebola Treatment and Education Center (NETEC), the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Maryland State Department(...)

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November Updates from the BCU

November Updates from the BCU

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In keeping with our educational mission, the BCU recently hosted the CDC to film a set of infection prevention training videos in conjunction with HEIC. It was a great opportunity to show off the unit, meet leaders from the CDC and share our unit and expertise with a national audience. Additionally, the BCU hosted its(...)

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Join Us at the BCU Quarterly Staff Meeting

Join Us at the BCU Quarterly Staff Meeting

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The BCU has been busy training staff onsite, but also learning and training with other infectious disease experts from across the country. The BCU staff educator, a BCU staff member and members from Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control attended the National Ebola Training and Education Center’s (NETEC) Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness Training in Atlanta on(...)

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Team Building Month

Team Building Month

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September has been team building month on the BCU. On Friday, September 16, the Department of Nursing treated the BCU team to a night out at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The following morning, BCU team members gathered at the Appalachian Challenge Course at the Park School of Baltimore, where Will Weiskopf and a team(...)

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Drill Successes

Drill Successes

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This past month has been a busy and exciting one for the Biocontainment Unit! On Tuesday, August 16, our colleagues at Lifeline, with the support of HEIC, conducted a successful transport drill with the military from Andrews Air Force Base to Walter Reed Medical Center. We are so grateful to our partners at Lifeline and(...)

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