High consequence infectious diseases present a serious risk to public health and specifically, healthcare personnel, with infected cases often requiring a high level of care. Containing the spread of infection and managing the resultant cases requires a national and international coordinated response, including rapidly initiating public health prevention and control strategies specific to the mode of transmission.
The incident command system, a standard tool for command, control, and coordination in domestic emergencies, is a command structure that may be useful in a biocontainment event. A version of this system, the hospital emergency incident command system, provides an adaptable all-hazards approach in healthcare delivery systems.
When surveyed in 2017, 14 percent of US hospital administrators felt their facilities were unprepared for a patient with Ebola or an EID. Conversely, 71 percent of US hospital administrators reported that their facilities were unprepared to receive an Ebola patient in 2014.
This paper provides assistance for design teams and healthcare organizations to develop appropriate operational and facility responses for both emergency room intake and patient care biocontainment units.
This report discussses ways that the built environment may support or disrupt safe doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) in biocontainment units.
Researchers developed a novel plastic drain cover that they say could reduce the dissemination of pathogens from contaminated hospital sinks.
This chapter provides an outline of the following best practices:
- General Principles
- Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Worker
- Personal Protective Equipment for Trained Observer
- Donning and Doffing
- Healthcare Waste Management
- Suggested Practice in Under-Resourced Settings.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is expanding its biocontainment facilities, which will offer training to the US and countries around the world.
Most hospitals are not equipped to handle high volumes of patients requiring negative pressure rooms.
Findings suggest the inclusion of saturation or similar liquid stress simulation in protective equipment testing standards.