Pandemic Planning Tool

Planning Today for a Pandemic Tomorrow: A healthcare guide for pandemic flu planning

Through the use of a detailed assessment and planning tool, healthcare facilities can review existing policies and procedures, identify gaps, adopt new policies and procedures and generate a pandemic illness plan that will facilitate a more effective response during a crisis.

This tool will assist healthcare organizations in developing and adopting new policies that will be required to protect employees, patients and the facility itself. The planning and assessment tool identifies critical elements within each module related to hospital and long term care facility operations during an emergency situation. In addition, the tool provides a variety of sample policies and procedures that facilities may elect to use in their planning process.

How to Use This Tool

Healthcare organizations should form multi-disciplinary work teams to develop policies and procedures relating to each of the critical area modules. The modules are to be used as a guide to facilitate discussion and to ensure that key points related to a topic are identified and addressed in the planning process. Sample policies and/or procedures are provided; these policies and procedures are by no means all inclusive, and hospitals should not interpret the sample policies as what must be adopted.

The outcomes of each module’s discussion should be “cross-walked” into overall organizational guidance. Routine review and updating is suggested.



The New Jersey Hospital Association’s (NJHA) Planning Today for a Pandemic Tomorrow Toolkit (hereinafter “materials”) are intended to be tools that health care facilities and providers may use to develop and implement internal pandemic plans. The information provided in these materials should not be relied upon or regarded as legal advice. No specific representation is made, nor should be implied, nor shall NJHA or any other party involved in creating, producing or delivering this material be liable in any manner whatsoever for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect or punitive damages arising out of your use of these materials. These materials are intended to serve as a planning tool and are not intended to constitute a standard of care.

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