Nebraska Building Biopreparedness Training Center

By Stew Magnuson
iEXCEL concept art

Photo: University of Nebraska Medical Center

OMAHA, Neb. — The University of Nebraska Medical Center is building a multimillion dollar facility in Omaha that will serve as a national center for training doctors and nurses on how to handle deadly infectious diseases such as Ebola.

The center’s Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning, or iEXCEL, is building the 192,000 square foot Davis Global Center facility on its campus, which is due to open in 2019.

Most of the new building will be devoted to iEXCEL’s mission to improve and create medical simulation and telemedicine technologies. It will also include the National Center for Health Security and Biopreparedness, supported by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The center will include a floor where medical personnel can train in the highly specialized field of biological containment, and also double as a secure facility for quarantining actual patients, if needed, said Dr. Christopher Kratochvil, associate vice chancellor for clinical research at the medical center.

The 10-bed and five-room floor will have negative air pressure to contain viruses, and provide real-world training, he added.

“Similar to pilots, for our folks working biocontainment units, there is no room for error. One viral particle with Ebola can infect someone,” Kratochvil said.

Properly donning and doffing protective clothing is one of the most important skills to master, he noted.

iEXCEL is also working with the Air Force on how to train medical personnel as they transport victims of highly infectious diseases from overseas, he added.

Topics: Training and Simulation, Simulation Modeling Wargaming and Training

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