When Healthcare Resources are Scarce
During a pandemic, an anthrax attack or a flood, the healthcare system can become overwhelmed. Planning ahead will help.
Clinical guidelines to help your healthcare facility plan for an event that would overwhelm the healthcare system, such as pandemic influenza.
- Airborne Infectious Disease Managment (PDF: 3MB/41 pages)
Methods for temporary negative pressure isolation.
- Bioterrorism Preparedness: Supplies for Hospitals
Resources to assist you in preparing your hospital to respond to a bioterrorism event.
- Patient Care Strategies for Scarce Resource Situations (PDF: 438KB/16 pages)
A standardized framework to assist Minnesota hospitals, clinics or primary care settings in determining how to extend resources when the need for specialized equipment and supplies such as ventilators and pharmaceuticals exceeds availability during a public health emergency. Updated March, 2012.
- Ambulatory Care Clinic Tool Kit
Toolkit containing material for the clinic management team to use in planning for and responding to infection control aspects of an influenza pandemic.
- Pandemic Incident Command Considerations for Healthcare Facilities by Event Stage
Recommendations for healthcare facilities to prepare for and respond to a pandemic by event stage.
Updated December, 2011.
- Flu Centers
Flu centers provide a community resource for treatment of influenza-like illness when healthcare gets overwhelmed during a pandemic.
- Antiviral Drug Prescribing, Dispensing, and Delivery Project (PDF: 699KB/123 pages)
Determining the best way to antiviral medications to people who need them during an influenza pandemic.
- Long Term Care Facilities Evacuation Tips
Flooding often has the potential for the need to evacuate Long Term Care (LTC) facilities. Moving residents from a LTC facility is challenging under normal operations let alone disaster / crisis situations.