Hundreds of employees ensure that the AUVA trauma centers continue to operate even in times of the pandemic. Their work puts them at increased risk of infection, and it is therefore of utmost importance to maintain a high level of safety regarding COVID-19.
This is where the LBI trauma comes into play. During lockdown, the scientists were sent to work from home, leaving the laboratories empty. Head of the institute Johannes Grillari, and chemist Michaela Stainer, both experts in the field of molecular biology, soon recognized the chance to bring the expertise as well as the equipment to good use and assist the AUVA in the fight against COVID-19. Protocols were established and the highly sought after reagents were obtained. Numerous scientists joined the initiative and volunteered to work in the test laboratory. The University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and BOKU Vienna provided advice and assistance.