Toolkits for Infectious Diseases

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Outbreak Guidelines

Outbreak Management 
Outbreak Cleaning Procedures
Outbreak Stop Sign

C.difficile Toolkit

Many people carry Clostridium difficile without having any symptoms.  However, those with C.difficile illness may experience abdominal pain and tenderness, fever, loss of appetite, nausea and diarrhea in varying degrees of severity. 

C.difficile produces spores that can be spread in the environment in large numbers when a person has diarrhea. These spores can survive for a long time in the environment and can be transported on the hands of people who have direct contact with infected people or with contaminated surfaces.

C. difficile Care Plan for Acute and Residential Sites 
Bristol Stool Chart 
Room Placement for Patients with Diarrhea 
Stool Collection Algorithm 
CDI Patient Tracking List

Norovirus Toolkit

Norovirus is a common virus that is passed from person to person and causes diarrhea, nausea and vomiting in the community and in hospitals. Most infections and outbreaks are seen during winter months and they can spread very quickly.

Norovirus affects people of all ages and since it is easily spread in areas where there are large numbers of people together for several days, hospitals are ideal environments for the virus.

The following PDF documents are informational tools for the treatment and management of GI Norovirus.

Norovirus information
Diarrhea and Vomiting Care Plan 
Bristol Stool Chart 
Room Placement for Patients with Diarrhea 
HealthLink BC - Norovirus
GI Noro Tracking List
GI Outbreak Management 

Acute Care Algorithms

NLI-AC-1 Suspected GI Norovirus-like Illness Outbreak in Acute Care 
NLI-RC-2 Outbreak Restrictions not Imposed 
NLI-AC-3 Noro Outbreak Restrictions Imposed in Acute Care 
NLI-AC-4 Outbreak Identified Acute Care Front Line Staff

Residential/Congregate Living Algorithms 

NLI-RC-1 Suspected GI Norvirus Like Illness Outbreak in Residential Congregate Living 
NLI-RC-2 Outbreak Restrictions not Imposed 
NLI-RC-3 GI Noro Outbreak Restrictions Imposed Residential Congregate Living 
NLI-RC-4 Long-Term Care/Congregate Living Front Line Staff: GI/NLI Outbreak Identified

Influenza and Influenza-like Illness Toolkit

Influenza, while often confused with other influenza-like illnesses (ILI), especially the common cold, is a more severe disease caused by a different type of virus. 

The most common symptoms of influenza and ILI are chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort.

The following PDF documents are informational tools for use during an outbreak of Influenza or Influenza-like Illness.

Influenza Information Sheet for Patients and Visitors
Did you know...Influenza 
Recommendations for Booking Entertainment in Residential Care 
Influenza Vaccination & Prophylaxis Tracking Sheet 
ILI Patient Tracking List (PDF document)
ILI Patient Tracking List (fillable Word doc)

Influenza Like Illness Outbreak Management 
Residential Services Influenza Screening Tool Protocol
Creatinine Results on LTC Residents

Acute Care Algorithms

ILI_A_1_Respiratory Illness Influenza-like Illness Suspected Outbreak Acute Care
ILI_A_2_Influenza for All Cases: Acute Care Front Line Staff

Residential/Congregate Living Algorithms 

ILI_RC_1 Respiratory Illness Suspected Outbreak Residential Congregate Living 
ILI_RC_2 Outbreak Restrictions not Imposed 
ILI_RC_3 Respiratory Outbreak not Influenza 
ILI_RC_4 Influenza Outbreak Restrictions Imposed Residential Congregate Living 
ILI_RC_5 Long-Term Care/Congregate Living Front Line Staff for All Influenza Cases and During Outbreaks 
ILI_RC_6 Influenza Outbreak Identified in Acute Care Residential Congregate Living for Ancillary and Support Staff

MRSA Toolkit

Staphylococcus aureus are bacteria that commonly live in the nose, on skin and in moist areas of the body. However, Staphylococcus aureus can cause infections such as boils and abscesses. In the hospital it can cause serious infections in the blood, lungs or other areas for a person who is already ill or has had surgery.

The following PDF documents are informational tools for the management of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

MRSA Care Plan
MRSA Policy for Acute Care Sites 
MRSA Policy for Residential Care Sites
Teaching handout

CPO Toolkit

Multiple antibiotic-resistant gram-negative bacilli are becoming increasingly common due both to selective antibiotic pressure as well as the movement of persons who have had medical care in other countries with endemic resistance patterns.

The following PDF documents are informational tools for the management of Carbapenemase Producing Organisms (CPO)

ARO Screening Questionnaire for Acute Care Admissions
Managing AROs in Residential Care Settings
CPO Procedure

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Temporary service reduction at Port Alice Health Centre

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