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Nebraska Biocontainment Unit flyer
NEBRASKA BIOCONTAINMENT UNIT
Nebraska Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center and
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
UNIT FUNCTION AND CAPABILITIES
The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU) is a secured area
Nebraska Biocontainment Unit
982470 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-2470
with a highly trained staff of medical and nursing personnel
Philip Smith, MD
Medical Director, NBU
who safely provide all levels of care to patients infected
Angela Hewlett, MD
Associate Medical Director, NBU
with deadly infectious diseases.
Shelly Schwedhelm, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Executive Director, NBU
Emergency Preparedness & Infection
Prevention
Other features include:
• Negative air flow with greater than 15 air exchanges per hour
Kate Boulter, RN, BS
Lead Registered Nurse, NBU
• High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) air filtration system
• Secured access, double door air lock main entrance
Christopher Kratochvil, MD
Associate Vice Chancellor for
Clinical Research, UNMC
• Separate staff entrance and exit
Shawn Gibbs, PhD, MBA, CIH
Research Director, NBU
• Staff decontamination shower
• Pass-through sterilizer to disinfect materials leaving the unit
• Dual autoclave for decontamination of waste and linens
• Satellite laboratory located within the NBU
• Secure telehealth system
• Close proximity to the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) BSL III Lab
John Lowe, PhD
Associate Director of Research, NBU
Director of Transport
Elizabeth Beam, RN, PhD
Education Director, NBU
Joseph Acierno, MD, JD
Chief Medical Officer, Nebraska Department
of Health and Human Services
Director, Division of Public Health
Contact us:
[email protected]
Providing care for patients with hazardous infectious diseases, the
biocontainment unit is an environment that maximizes the safety for staff and
the community at large. A full spectrum of care is provided – from quarantine to
intensive care treatment – for patients of all ages. The unit is designed to provide
care for patients with highly infectious diseases such as Ebola virus, smallpox,
and respiratory diseases such as avian influenza, whether acquired in a laboratory
accident, as a naturally occurring infection, or in a bioterrorist attack.
The threat of global infectious diseases is very real.
Nebraska is prepared.
The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU) is a collaborative project involving Nebraska Medicine, University of Nebraska
Medical Center and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. It is one of only a few biocontainment units in the
United States and is the largest, with up to a 10-bed capacity depending on the specific infection. In addition to providing
medical care for patients with hazardous diseases, the unit also has active research and outreach training programs for the
region and the nation.
Unit personnel consist of a highly trained staff of physicians, nurses, technicians and respiratory therapists who have special
training in high level isolation and biopreparedness. They work full-time in other areas of Nebraska Medicine but remain on
call to report promptly for duty when the unit is activated.
The NBU was one of three units in the U.S. selected in 2014 to receive U.S. citizens with Ebola virus disease who were
medically evacuated from Africa. The outstanding staff of the NBU has received many awards for its safe and courageous
care of three Ebola patients in the fall of 2014, including being honored as “Midlanders of the Year” for 2014 by the Omaha
World Herald, and recognized by the White House and the Nebraska Legislature.
The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit was dedicated by Julie Gerberding, MD, of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention in 2005. In the event of a public health threat, the unit may be activated by Nebraska Department of Health
and Human Services and the NBU medical director.
THE NEBRASKA BIOCONTAINMENT UNIT WAS ONE OF THREE UNITS SELECTED TO CARE FOR
UNITED STATES CITIZENS WITH EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE MEDICALLY EVACUATED FROM AFRICA.
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