Our manuscript on SARS-CoV-2 infection control and management in skilled nursing facilities has recently been accepted in the American Journal of Infection Control. This work was in collaboration with Shelly Miller from CU Boulder, Nicholas Clements from Mayo Clinic, and Cedric Steiner from Eastern University, Pennsylvania. Titled: "Implementing a Negative Pressure Isolation Space within a Skilled Nursing Facility to Control SARS-CoV-2 Transmission", pre-print of the manuscript can be accessed from medRxiv (see Research Publications page). Nursing and long-term facilities have been most severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Isolation spaces can be an effective strategy to manage infection control and meet surge capacity during a pandemic. In this study we implemented a negative pressure isolation space at a nursing facility in Pennsylvania, guided by computational flow physics models and on-site pressure measurements. The study was highly successful resulting in smooth operation, zero transmission, and zero fatalities in the facility during the course of the study. FLOWLab PI Debanjan Mukherjee, and graduate student Joseph Wilson participated in this study and co-authored the manuscript. Our group continues to expand this investigation on respiratory infection control and management in indoor facilities. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, or any interest in this topic in general. Meanwhile, check out our paper on medRxiv!
FLOWLab member Autumn Zemlicka was a participant in the SPUR (Summer Program for Undergraduate Research) in Paul M Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder. She worked on creating image based models for cardiovascular systems with a focus on the hepatic circulation system. Her work is featured on the ME Department website:
Prof. Mukherjee will be presenting FLOWLab stroke and cerebrovascular flow research efforts at the CU Anschutz Stroke/NH didactics on August 27, 2020.
Prof. Mukherjee and Joseph Wilson's latest research on designing a negative pressure isolation space for nursing and care facilities to manage SARS-CoV-2, will be presented at the virtual CCTSI CU-CSU Summit "COVID-19 and the Colorado Research Environment" on August 19. Prof. Mukherjee will also co-chair a poster session. The manuscript on this work is up on medRxiv:
Three FLOWLab members - Akshita Sahni, Chayut Teeraratkul, Joseph Wilson - presented their research at the recently concluded 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Fluid Mechanics Symposium on August 4, 2020. In addition, Prof. Mukherjee moderated the symposium panel on "Diversity and Inclusion in the Fluid Dynamics Community.". Congratulations FLOWLab!
FLOWLab doctoral student Chayut Teeraratkul won the student poster competition at the 2020 Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium (RMACC) High Performance Computing Symposium. Chayut has earned an all expenses paid trip to the Super Computing Conference SC20 later in November to present our work on parallel implementation of a hybrid particle-continuum finite element framework for blood clot biomechanics. Congratulations Chayut!