The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha received word from the U-S State Department that another patient with Ebola will be transported to Omaha for treatment. The patient is scheduled to arrive in Omaha Monday morning and will be taken to the MedCenter’s Biocontainment Unit for treatment.
“We are ready, willing and able to care for this patient,” said Phil Smith, M.D., medical director of the Biocontainment Unit.”:
Other sources report the Ebola patient is American Ashoka Mukpo who worked for NBC as a cameraman in Liberia.
This will be the second patient with the Ebola virus treated at The Nebraska Medical Center. The first was Dr. Richard Sacra, who was discharged from the Biocontainment Unit on Sept. 25. Dr. Sacra spent nearly three weeks in Omaha undergoing treatment after contracting the disease while treating patients in West Africa.
“The experience we have in treating Dr. Sacra should prove to be very valuable in treating this patient,” said Angela Hewlett, M.D., associate medical director of the Biocontainment Unit. “We learned a lot about treatment methods the first time around and have been able to refine our operation processes in several ways.” One of the major changes includes creating a lab inside the Biocontainment Unit itself so tests don’t have to be performed in labs elsewhere on campus.
“We again started preparing for this patient the moment we received word from the State Department,” said Shelly Schwedhelm, R.N., director of the emergency department, trauma and emergency preparedness at The Nebraska Medical Center. “Our staff is ready and I have no doubt this patient will receive the same extraordinary care that Dr. Sacra did.”