High Consequence Infectious Disease Toolbox for Frontline Health Care Facilities - Minnesota Dept. of Health

High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) Toolbox for Frontline Health Care Facilities

Updated 09/20/2019

Purpose of toolbox

Executive Summary (PDF)

  • 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.

Planning tools

Minnesota Centers for Enhanced Response (CER) Program

Training tools

Exercise templates

Readiness binder


Toolbox partners

  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology - Minnesota (APIC - MN)
  • Health Care Coalitions of Minnesota


Email: health.icar@state.mn.us

  • 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)
Updated Wednesday, 27-Nov-2019 12:33:27 CST