USC nursing school looking at how their students are trained to handle infectious diseases like ebola
Robin Traufler USC nursing professor says its scary.
Ashlyn Boyd says she just wants to be prepared to handle the situation if shes presented with it.
By: David Dewberry
Ebola is challenging the U.S. medical system's ability to limit the spread of infectious diseases.
University of South Carolina nursing professor Robin Traufler, who also works at a hospital, says the nursing school is preparing students on how to protect themselves.
"This is a little bit more involved because this is obviously very deadly, so the nurses are going to need to be taught what equipment to wear for a suspected Ebola patient, how to put it on, how to take it off properly" Traufler says.
Investigators think that's how two Dallas nurses contracted the disease.
"You have to just educate people, that's this is what it is, this is what we're facing, and this is how we prevent it, this is how we combat it, and contain it", said Traufler.
Student nurses are not currently trained to use hazmat suits. Traufler says they will buy the suits and teach students to safely use them if the outbreak continues to spread.
The students hope the university will prepare them to handle a future outbreak that they could.
"I would hope that they would, with what's going on, change the way that they're hazmatting us and protecting us and I feel that the CDC will put new protocols in place to keep us safe", said Ashlyn Boyd. Traufler says its really scary.
"It's new, we've never had anything like this before, it's scary," she says.
The nursing school says they have begin to put things into place just in case the outbreak continues to spread.