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Highly infectious disease drill

Posted at 12:11 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 13:14:12-04
UNMC and Nebraska Medicine are working with a number of agencies to move a group of mock patients with highly infectious diseases from the airport to the hospital.
 
The goal is to make sure the city is ready should a real life scenario happen. It's called Operation Tranquil Shift and involves 11 mock patients. The exercise started Monday in Atlanta with patients arriving at Eppley Airfield around 10 this morning. They were then taken by ambulance to the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medicine
 
Nebraska Medicine says the scope of the exercise is unprecedented and a testament to lessons learned during the 2014 ebola outbreak in West Africa. Doctors at the Biocontainment Unit treated three people who contracted the disease there. Two of them survived. 
 
Back in December, 3 News Now told you about one of the new tools at Nebraska Medicine's disposal. New isopods are used to transport patients with highly infectious diseases. They're able to keep a patient safe as well as the people treating the patient.
 
17 were purchased and distributed to local hospitals.