Med Center Ready to Help

With 1,200 infections and 700 deaths reported, doctors say we’re currently seeing the worst Ebola outbreak in modern history. The Nebraska Medical Center is helping to stand guard.

The U.S. State Department has targeted the Med Center’s Bio-Containment Unit as a resource to help should it become necessary.

On Friday, a representative with the government agency toured the facility but made it clear that they have no intention of bringing anyone here right now.

If the need arises, supportive care will be available.

Dr. Angela Hewlett, an Infectious Disease Specialist with the Bio-Containment Unit, said, "We would provide supportive care to the patient, which again would be things like IV fluids, possibly blood products, antibiotics that may fight secondary infections that can develop with this illness but essentially what it is, is it is just provided support to that patient, whether that is mechanical or ventilation or having difficulty breathing, again hydration, that is really the essence of treating this illness."

The Bio-Containment Unit houses five rooms that fit two patients each. It is staffed with physicians, nurses and others who are on call 24 hours a day.

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