Nebraska Medicine drills for highly infectious disease

Posted at 5:41 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 19:57:15-04

This drill is just practice but it can happen in real life.

It happened in 2014 when three Ebola patients were transported to Nebraska Medicine to be treated.

"You play like you practice, so you want to make sure you practice hard.”

“Every time we learn things, every time we tightened things up."

Today Nebraska Medicine did a drill unloading mock patients off a 747 then transporting them to Nebraska Medicine.

"It gives a chance for the different medical providers to come together and work on their different standard operating procedures."

Two planes flew into Eppley Airfield from Sierra Leone, Africa for the Operation Tranquil Shift.

The drill helps Nebraska’s Biocontaiment Unit practice how to transport multiple patients who may have been infected with a highly infectious disease.

"Every time we make sure we do the best we can do to safeguard the patients, as well as caregivers."

They even decontaminated the plane wearing protective clothing.

"Each of these exercises will prepare everyone for a real life situation, where they are more prepared to prevent contamination of people who aren't infected with this disease."

Overall 11 patients were transported around the country, Omaha got three.

"This was a good activity today to really exercise some of those regional treatment centers across the U.S."

Organizers say in cases like this communication is key and it's something they want to continue to improve.

"The function of this exercise is to help better prepare the transport carrier such as Phoenix Air group and the receiving facility."