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The Philippine's first biohazard spill response drill at the research and biotechnology of St. Luke's Medical Center - Quezon City.

Author

Miguel Martin N. Moreno II,
Samuel Alan B. Inovejas,
Ma. Cristy B. Portilla,
Cristine R. Casingal,
Jason Paul C. Monlinong,
Brian Carlmichael  L. Torres,
Lindsay Sidney N. Fajardo,
Anna Karen  S. Cruz,
Ma. Luisa G. Juan,
Maria Celeste C. Cortes,
Roldan L. Araga,
Filipinas F. Natividad

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Biosafety emergency preparedness and disaster control team - St. Luke's Medical Center

Publication Information

Publication Type
Journal
Title
St. Luke
Frequency
Quarterly
Publication Date
January-March 2014
Volume
9
Issue
1
Page(s)
41-48

Abstract

Introduction. We have yet to see a country that has biosafety laws that are strictly followed to the letter. People and institution behaviors greatly affects the various aspects of a laboratory, e.g. from accepting the guidelines and standards, compliance to these, performing a risk assessment, voluntarily reporting incidents, etc. Execution of biosafety and biosecurity drills constitutes a major challenge for institutions to put into practice what they have all learned from lectures, conferences, workshops, seminars and the like.


Objective. With the approval of the vice president for research, the scientist in charge of biosafety at R&B, together with the cooperation of the Biosafety Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Control Team (BEPADCT) of SLMC, conducted a biohazard spill response drill. The goal was to assess the readiness of the staff, the unit, and the entire medical center in responding to biological hazard spills specifically infectious and chemical in nature.


Methodology. The participants of the infectious spill response drill used Glow Germ-simulated germs provided by the Philippine Biosafety and Biosecurity Association (PhBBA), whereas 1N nitric acid was used for the chemical spill response drill.


Results. The drills were officially observed by officers of the PhBBA and representatives from the Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association, Department of Health, Philippine National Police, Philippine Society of Pathologists, Philippine Society of Microbiologists and Infectious Diseases, Philippine Association of Medical Technologists, and other units in SLMC, namely, Infection Control Committee, Institute of Pathology, Facilities Management and Engineering, and the In-House Security.


Conclusion. A short debriefing was held following the successful drill. The scenarios was discussed, and all the aspects of the drill were meticulously dissected for loopholes and flaws. Positive commendations and recommendations were given by the observers. It was then announced by the president of PhBBA that, as per records of the PhBBA, the conducted drill was the "Philippines' first."

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