Infectious Disease / Pandemic

Guided by principles of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, the simulation assesses students’ clinical decision-making abilities, interaction with emergency first responders, and adherence to Centers for Disease Control infection-control guidelines for hospital settings. Replicating a busy Miami-Dade County hospital during a widespread, uncontrolled Ebola outbreak, “patients” (UM faculty, staff, and student volunteer actors) display varying levels of distress. Nursing students don and doff personal protective equipment (PPE) from head to toe, trying their best to triage and maintain a sense of order. Patients suspected of having Ebola are taken to an isolation room; those deemed negative for the disease are led to a “clean” room. Every 30 minutes, student nurses in contact with Ebola patients are expected to rotate out of their PPE, as per CDC guidelines.