High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) Toolbox for Frontline Health Care FacilitiesUpdated 09/20/2019
Purpose of toolbox
- Provides ready-to-use editable tools for frontline facilities to prepare and respond to patients who may have a high consequence infectious disease (HCID).
- Helps facilities meet CMS emergency preparedness regulatory requirements for training and testing programs.
- Helps facilities develop a multi-year plan for HCID education and exercises.
- Incorporates standard infection prevention concepts into training and exercises.
How to use the toolbox
- Use sample multi-year planning, training and exercise plan templates to lay out preparedness activities over multiple years.
- Incorporate readymade slides and personal protective equipment (PPE) videos into facility infection prevention and emergency preparedness training.
- Use or modify sample exercises (seminar, workshop, table top, mini-exercise, game) and templates (Planning Tool, After Action Report).
- Use components to make a binder for staff to use at point of care.
- Components Necessary for a "Ready" Frontline Facility (PDF)
- Multi-year Planning, Training, and Exercise Plan Template (Word)
- Sample Needs Assessment Questionnaire (Word)
Needs assessment for infectious agent emergency planning
Minnesota Centers for Enhanced Response (CER) Program
- Fact sheet: Minnesota Centers for Enhanced Response (PDF)
Learn more about the CER Program and why you should participate. This fact sheet also provides detailed instructions on how to enroll and what facilities can expect after completing the CER Assessment Tool below.
- Minnesota Centers for Enhanced Response (CER) Assessment Tool
Fill out the online assessment and submit to MDH.
- Minnesota Centers for Enhanced Response (CER) Assessment Tool (PDF)
- Sample slide sets (added 7/30/18):
- High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) Screening Guidance (PDF)
- Video Vignettes for Donning and Doffing
- Exercise Templates for Frontline Facilities
Includes mini-drills, table top, and game templates for a variety of scenarios.
- High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) Readiness Binder
Includes checklists, signs, step-by-step PPE instructions, and other resources that facilities can use to prepare for any potential HCID situation.
- HCID Resources (PDF)
- High Consequence Infectious Disease Surge
- CDC: Ebola Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology - Minnesota (APIC - MN)
- Health Care Coalitions of Minnesota
- To request an ICAR Centers for Enhanced Response (CER) site visit
- For help with setting up a frontline HCID readiness program
- To comment or make a suggestion on the Toolbox
The HCID Toolbox was originally published in June 2018. September 2019 updates to note include:
- Using a standard surgical face mask in the Level 1 Full Barrier Isolation category when evaluating persons under investigation (PUIs) for viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) who are clinically stable and do not have bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Using 2 pairs of gloves instead of 3 for a patient with VHF in both Level 1 and Level 2 Full Barrier Isolation categories
- Adding new Readiness Binder materials (e.g., new donning and doffing materials for Level 1 and Level 2 Full Barrier Isolation, waste management and cleaning recommendations, PPE size and brand chart)