It is day two for treatment at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for 33 year old Ashoka Mukpo. The Ebola virus patient arrived Monday morning and is currently at the hospital’s biocontainment unit. Dr. Bradley Britigan is the dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Medicine and an infectious disease specialist and says one part of the treatment process is monitoring.
Dr. Britigan says standard operations include monitoring fluids and electrolytes in the blood for any changes. Other forms of therapy considered will be individualized to him.
Nebraska Medical Center Chief Nursing and Operating Officer Rosanna Morris says there are two nurses in the room with Mukpo at all times. She says vital signs are taken one to two hours and lab work is 3 to 4 times a day, depending on the needs. Staff is also available then and there to do the tests needed.
The Nebraska Medical Center is one of four facilities that has a biocontainment unit in the U-S and is the largest with 10 beds. Right now there are no immediate plans to bring another patient to Omaha for treatment but that could change rapidly.
Morris says, “We have been in contact with the State Department and again we evaluate that on an as-needed basis. Right now since it is so early I think we want to maximize our expertise one patient at a time but again we are prepared to discuss that moving forward.”