How ICPs can better prepare for and manage outbreaks

Caroline Marshall1,2,3

1 The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grattan St, Parkville, 3050

2 The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, 792 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, 3000

3 Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3050

Management of outbreaks of viral pathogens, such as influenza and norovirus, are becoming increasingly common in the healthcare setting and are very resource intensive to manage. Preparation for managing such outbreaks is crucial to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. Having a written procedure/guideline that outlines the roles and responsibilities of those involved is essential. It is important to plan for how the outbreak will be managed, including defining an outbreak, microbiological testing protocols, infection control management, communication plans, use of prophylaxis (where relevant), cleaning, management of affected staff and workforce management, criteria for clearing infectious patients and when to call the outbreak over.