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Biosafety considerations and risk reduction strategy for a new veterinary faculty building and teaching hospital in Sweden

Vågsholm, Ivar and Allard Bengtsson, Ulrika and Wierup, Martin (2020). Biosafety considerations and risk reduction strategy for a new veterinary faculty building and teaching hospital in Sweden. Infection Ecology and Epidemiology. 10 , 1761588
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Abstract

Introduction: This paper describes a hazard- and risk-based strategy and recommendations on relevant biosafety levels in facility design of a new veterinary faculty building including a veterinary medical teaching hospital. Both animal and human health were considered.

Materials and methods: Agents listed in the regulatory frameworks on animal and human health were identified as the main potential hazards. Suggestions on biosafety level and facility design were based on the official risk grouping of those agents, the associated risk management procedures, and biosafety experiences from previous faculty buildings.

Results and Discussion: It was suggested that VHC should not be designed for work with agents requiring facilities at biosafety levels 3 and 4, and that actions in cases of accidental exposure to notifiable infections should follow the regulatory requirements. Facilities requiring biosafety level 2 were identified from risk scenarios and transmission routes. Experiences from the first five years of operation revealed good prevention of spread of infection from patients in isolation facilities and successful elimination of Salmonella and MRSA from the large animal clinic.

Conclusion: In order to avoid costly construction mistakes, an overall biosafety strategy should be formulated and used as guidance for architects and other relevant stakeholders designing facilities for the animal health sector. Regulatory requirements on infectious diseases must be complied with.

Authors/Creators:Vågsholm, Ivar and Allard Bengtsson, Ulrika and Wierup, Martin
Title:Biosafety considerations and risk reduction strategy for a new veterinary faculty building and teaching hospital in Sweden
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:10
Article number:1761588
Number of Pages:12
Publisher:Informa UK Limited
ISSN:2000-8686
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 303 Health Sciences > Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Medical Bioscience
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Pathobiology
Keywords:Biosafety, Animal health, Occupational health, Veterinary teaching hospital design, Regulatory framework
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107371
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107371
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DOI10.1080/20008686.2020.1761588
ID Code:17527
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Department of Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:29 Sep 2020 08:56
Metadata Last Modified:20 Oct 2020 10:10

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