IU School of Nursing helps with Ebola outbreak
By Charlie De Mar
Currently, Africa is experiencing the worst outbreak of Ebola ever recorded. However, the virus has the potential to spread to the United States.
The co-directors of Indiana Universities Disaster Medicine Fellowship program recently returned from a trip to Monrovia, Liberia. While there, Dr. Josh Mugele and Chad Priest, JD, MSN, RN, Assistant Dean, Operations and Community Partnerships IU School of Nursing, advised the hospital on how to handle this outbreak.
“Primarily what we were doing was helping set up screening to make sure that patients who were suspected of having Ebola were sent to the appropriate Ebola treatment facilities,” said Priest, IU School of Nursing.
The IU School of Nursing has a long-standing relationship with the JFK Memorial Center in Monrovia. They have been working with each other for years. Currently, Liberia is one of most highly contaminated countries.
“The potential for it to come to the U.S. or to other western countries at this point is unfortunately very high,” said Mugele.
Two Americans providing assistance in Africa recently contracted the virus. They are currently being treated. An IU school of Medicine graduate and Indianapolis native, Dr. Kent Brantley, is one of the infected healthcare providers.
This strand of Ebola kills approximately 60 percent of all people who contract the virus.
“Sadly one of our colleagues passed away this weekend from the disease,” said Priest.
“This is a terrible tragedy. We are very upset about this. People who are close to us are dying,” said Mugele