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Home Health Care Services Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist

Planning for pandemic influenza is critical. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed the following checklist to help public and private organizations that provide home health care services assess and improve their preparedness for responding to pandemic influenza. Home health agencies will likely be called upon to provide care for patients who do not require hospitalization for pandemic influenza, or for whom hospitalization is not an option because hospitals have reached their capacity to admit patients. These agencies may become overburdened very quickly and shortages of personnel and supplies for providing home health care may occur. This checklist is modeled after the one included in the HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan (www.hhs.gov/pandemicflu/plan/sup3.html#app2). The list is comprehensive but not complete; each home care agency will have unique and unanticipated issues that will need to be addressed as part of a pandemic planning exercise. Also, some items on the checklist may not be applicable to a given agency. Collaboration with hospitals, local pandemic planning committees and public health agencies will be essential to ensure that the affected population receives needed health care services. Further information can be found at www.pandemicflu.gov.

Home Health Care Services Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist in html format: (http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/healthcare/healthcare.html)

Home Health Care Services Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist in .pdf format: (http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/pdf/healthcarechecklist.pdf)


Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Influenza Planning

Child care and preschool programs can help protect the health of their staff and the children and families they serve. Interruptions in child care services during an influenza (flu) pandemic may cause conflicts for working parents that could result in high absenteeism in workplaces. Some of that absenteeism could be expected to affect personnel and workplaces that are critical to the emergency response system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer this checklist to help programs prepare for the effects of a flu pandemic. Many of these steps can also help in other types of emergencies.

Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist in html format: (http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/school/preschool.html)

Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist in .pdf format: (http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/pdf/child_care.pdf)


Hospital Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist

Planning for pandemic influenza is critical for ensuring a sustainable health care response. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed the following checklist to help emergency medical services (EMS) and non-emergent (medical) transport organizations assess and improve their preparedness for responding to pandemic influenza. EMS organizations will be involved in the transport of acutely ill patients with known or suspected pandemic influenza to emergency departments; some of these patients might require mechanical ventilation for life support and/or other lifesaving interventions. Non-emergent (medical) transport organizations will be called upon to transport recovering pandemic influenza patients to their home, residential care facility, or possibly to alternate care sites set up by state or local health departments. This checklist is modeled after one included in the HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan (www.hhs.gov/pandemicflu/plan/sup3.html#app2). The list is comprehensive but not complete; each organization will have unique and unanticipated concerns that also will need to be addressed as part of a pandemic planning exercise. Also, some items on the checklist might not be applicable to all organizations. Collaborations among hospital, public health and public safety personnel are encouraged for the overall safety and care of the public. Further information can be found at www.pandemicflu.gov.

Hospital Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist in html format: (http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/healthcare/medical.html)

 Hospital Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist in .pdf format: (http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/pdf/ems.pdf)


Pandemic Flu - The Public’s Guide to Planning and Preparation (Texas Department of State Health Services)

Pandemic Flu - The Public’s Guide to Planning and Preparation in .pdf format: (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/preparedness/Publlic_Guide.pdf)


Cover Your Cough

Includes flyers and posters, in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Chinese, Hmong, and Khmer.

Cover Your Cough in html format:  (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm)


Stopping the Spread of Germs At Work

Basic precautions for protecting employee health.

Stopping the Spread of Germs At Work in html format: (http://www.cdc.gov/germstopper/work.htm)

Stopping the Spread of Germs At Work in .pdf format: (http://www.cdc.gov/germstopper/pdf/work.pdf)