A complimentary planning tool is now available to help the nation’s nursing homes prepare for an influenza pandemic. The new resource is courtesy of the New Jersey Hospital Association, with grant funding from Hoffman-LaRoche.
“Planning Today for a Pandemic Tomorrow: A Toolkit for Nursing Facilities” provides nursing homes with a detailed assessment and planning tool, complete with checklists, sample policies, sample forms, and Web links. The guide allows facilities to:
· Review existing policies and procedures
· Identify gaps
· Develop new policies and procedures
· Generate a pandemic influenza plan that will facilitate a more effective response during a crisis
The toolkit’s modules address topics such as clinical considerations, operational issues, communications, legal issues, psycho-social concerns, and ethical considerations. The resource is modeled after NJHA’s original pandemic flu planning document created for acute-care hospitals.
Click here to download a copy of the guide in PDF format.