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Labs21 Symposium: Facility Preparedness—Containment and Efficiency in the Face of Crisis

Thursday, October 19, 2006
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

In today's complex world, we have a heightened level of concern over outbreaks of infectious disease, pandemics, and biological and chemical terrorism. To date, these have been localized events that have not affected large population centers. However, the risk of a large scale event increases every day. Preparing our nation's hospitals and laboratories for a possible catastrophic event while meeting the goals of efficiency and environmental performance is the responsibility of all in the Labs21 community. To begin this process, architects, engineers, and health professionals were invited to hear the experts' opinions and discuss how our facilities can better prepare to address these risks.

This symposium presented potential scenarios and considered the engineering and design options available for planned facilities. Labs21 hopes to launch a continued platform for discussion of these topical issues, which had its roots in this symposium.

Panel Presentations:

Avian Flu, Bioterrorism - Should We Stay Home?
Jean L. Patterson, Ph. D, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research.

Environmental Issues and Needs Related to the Control and Spread of Infections in Healthcare Facilities
Pranavi Sreeramoju, MD, MPH, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

What Solutions Can We Take Away From Designing and Engineering High Risk Laboratory Environments and at What Costs?
Jon Crane, AIA, CUH2A

A Reasonable Approach for Hospital Administrators When Considering Cost and Risk
Thomas A. Peters, FACHE, University Health System (Presented by Ann Stevens, BioMed SA)

Boston Plans for Triage and Isolation – Review of Available Portable Isolation Units
Elizabeth R. Gross, MS, CIH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


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