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Outbreak Management

An outbreak is the perceived or true occurrence of more cases of a communicable disease than expected, in a given area or among a specific group of people, over a defined period of time.

The primary goal of outbreak management is to identify the cause of the outbreak within the facility, and to implement infection prevention and control measures to reduce the risk of transmission.

Effective outbreak management requires a multidisciplinary approach and involves individuals with different responsibilities.  Early recognition of unusual clusters of illness and swift actions in response to these episodes are essential for effective management of outbreaks.  The Infection Prevention and Control Team works collaboratively with Public Health, Facility Administrators, and staff to facilitate prompt response to help minimize the impact of the outbreak.

The Outbreak Prevention, Control & Management Guidelines provide support in managing outbreaks in both acute care and assisted living facilities.

Outbreak Toolkits

The Outbreak Management Resources Toolkit contains information such as outbreak posters to assist staff with the management of an outbreak on a nursing unit.

Each microorganism specific Outbreak Toolkit contains information relevant to that microorganism including a checklist, staff and patient/visitor resources, posters and other relevant information.

Outbreak Toolkits should only be used during an outbreak. Please refer to the Additional Precautions Toolkits for microorganism specific information in non-outbreak situations.

The organisms for which we have Outbreak Toolkits include Clostridium difficile, MRSA, VRE, Influenza like Illness (ILI) and Norovirus.