Toolkits for Infectious Diseases

These infectious disease toolkits are designed as quick references for you to gather all the necessary information for a particular organism in the event of an outbreak or for just general information.



C.difficile Toolkit

Many people carry Clostridium difficile without having any symptoms.  However, those with C.difficile illness may experience abdominal pain and tenderness, fever, loss of appetite, nausea and diarrhea in varying degrees of severity. 

C.difficile produces spores that can be spread in the environment in large numbers when a person has diarrhea. These spores can survive for a long time in the environment and can be transported on the hands of people who have direct contact with infected people or with contaminated surfaces.

C. difficile Care Plan for Acute and Residential Sites

CDI Case Definition

Bristol Stool Chart

Room Placement for Patients with Diarrhea

Stool Collection Algorithm

CDI Patient Tracking List 



Norovirus Toolkit

Norovirus is a common virus that is passed from person to person and causes diarrhea, nausea and vomiting in the community and in hospitals. Most infections and outbreaks are seen during winter months and they can spread very quickly.

Norovirus affects people of all ages and since it is easily spread in areas where there are large numbers of people together for several days, hospitals are ideal environments for the virus.

The following PDF documents are informational tools for the treatment and management of GI Norovirus.

Diarrhea and Vomiting Care Plan

Bristol Stool Chart

Room Placement for Patients with Diarrhea

GI-Noro Tracking List 

Acute Care Algorithms

GI_NLI_A_1_Suspected GI Norovirus-like Illness Outbreak in Acute Care

ILI_A_2 Outbreak Restrictions not Imposed

GI_NLI_A_3 Noro Outbreak Restrictions Imposed in Acute Care

GI_NLI_A_4_GI_NLI Outbreak Identified Acute Care Front Line Staff

Residential/Congregate Living Algorithms 

GI_NLI_RC_1 Suspected GI Norvirus Like Illness Outbreak in Residential Congregate Living

GI_NLI_RC_2 Outbreak Restrictions not Imposed

GI_NLI_RC_3 GI Noro Outbreak Restrictions Imposed Residential Congregate Living

GI_NLI_RC_4_GI_NLI Outbreak Identified Residential Congregate Living Front Line Staff



Influenza and Influenza-like Illness Toolkit

Influenza, while often confused with other influenza-like illnesses (ILI), especially the common cold, is a more severe disease caused by a different type of virus. 

The most common symptoms of influenza and ILI are chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort.

The following PDF documents are informational tools for use during an outbreak of Influenza or Influenza-like Illness.

Influenza Information Sheet for Patients and Visitors

Recommendations for Booking Entertainment in Residential Care

Influenza Vaccination & Prophylaxis Tracking Sheet

ILI Patient Tracking List

Acute Care Algorithms

ILI_A_1_Respiratory Illness Influenza-like Illness Suspected Outbreak Acute Care

Residential/Congregate Living Algorithms 

ILI_RC_1 Respiratory Illness Suspected Outbreak Residential Congregate Living

ILI_RC_2 Outbreak Restrictions not Imposed

ILI_RC_3 Respiratory Outbreak not Influenza

ILI_RC_4 Influenza Outbreak Restrictions Imposed Residential Congregate Living

ILI_RC_5 Influenza Outbreaks Residential Congregate Living for Front Line Staff

ILI_RC_6 Influenza Outbreak Identified in Acute Care Residential Congregate Living for Ancillary and Support Staff



MRSA Toolkit

Staphylococcus aureus are bacteria that commonly live in the nose, on skin and in moist areas of the body. However, Staphylococcus aureus can cause infections such as boils and abscesses. In the hospital it can cause serious infections in the blood, lungs or other areas for a person who is already ill or has had surgery.

The following PDF documents are informational tools for the management of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

MRSA Care Plan

VIHA MRSA Policy for Acute Care Sites

VIHA MRSA Policy for Residential Care Sites




CPO Toolkit

Multiple antibiotic-resistant gram-negative bacilli are becoming increasingly common due both to selective antibiotic pressure as well as the movement of persons who have had medical care in other countries with endemic resistance patterns.

Management of Patients with Carbapenemase Producing Organisms (CPO) - Under Review

The following PDF documents are informational tools for the management of Carbapenemase Producing Organisms (CPO)

ARO Screening Questionnaire

Memorandum concerning Recent Changes to CPO

"High Risk Areas" include:

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh