Renovation and creation of a Biocontainment Unit: the experience of Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Pisana (Pisa, Italy)

Igiene e Sanità Pubblica 2023; 84 (3): 73-80

Angelo Baggiani 1,2, Francesca Di Serafino1, Michele Totaro1, Sara Civitelli1, Giulia Geminale1, Alessandro Daole1, Federico Vannini1, David Rocchi1, Nunzio Zotti1, Alessia Civitelli2, Monica Scateni2, Stefano Gaffi2, Stefano Colombini2, Michele Cristofano2, Grazia Luchini2, Silvia Briani2

1Department of Translational Research and New Technologies in Medicine and Surgery, University of Pisa, Italy.
2The Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Pisana (AOUP), Italy

Infectious diseases are a major public health concern. In recent decades, there has been a succession of bacterial and viral diseases, which when added to the endemic diseases found in certain areas of the world, can become a global health problem.

In emergency medicine we talk a lot about Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) preparedness, but the main focus today is bio-preparedness. Therefore, especially after the Ebola experience, much investment has been made in the development of Biocontainment Units (BCUs).

At present, in Italy there are no national realities that have experimented the construction of a completely new biocontainment units detached from the Emergency Department (ED) RNPP-funded. Given this, the project of the Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Pisana (AOUP) is to make renovations on existing ED structure and build an entire new facility for biocontainment.

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