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Training for Ebola and infectious diseases

By Jamel Lanee

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - At first glance, the mannequin patient on the table looks real. And although it's made of rubber, it's computer generated to display symptoms like the flu which an Ebola patient would have.

Those symptoms health care workers have to treat during training simulations. “Everything from starting IVs on it, from containing the vomit to the body fluids that might be a part of the scenario," said ATEC Vice President Richard Murphy.

Jupiter's Advanced Technical and Educational Consultants, or ATEC, has provided infectious disease training to more than 20 Army hospitals around the US and in Germany.

It's training that they say could be highly beneficial to local medical crews, especially in light of three recent Ebola scares at three area hospitals, where all tests came back negative. "That fits right in with what's currently going on with the hospitals looking at when was the last time we had training on how to wear the personal protective equipment," said ATEC Operations Manager Russell Accardi.

Training is also designed to prevent cross contamination.

The goal is that training with the mannequin will better prepare crews for a real life situation.

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