Designing a Biocontainment Unit to Care for Patients with Serious Communicable Diseases A Consensus Statement
Smith, P., Anderson, A., Christopher, G., et al. (2006). Designing a Biocontainment Unit to Care for Patients with Serious Communicable Diseases: A Consensus Statement. (Abstract only.) Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science. 4(4):351-365.
The authors synthesized consensus recommendations collected from a conference of civilian and military professionals who are involved in the various aspects of biocontainment patient care units. Appendices include in-depth information on medical care issues (e.g., staffing the units, pathology, housekeeping), infection control issues (e.g., personal protective equipment, dealing with infectious waste), facility issues (e.g., air-handling, communication), and psychosocial and ethical issues.