This is the second version of the Exercise Coordinating Instruction to assist participating organisations and agencies with their planning for Exercise Cruickshank. This is not a final version - minor changes are possible up until the exercise.
The National Laboratory Guidelines for Pandemic Influenza were compiled in consultation with members of the New Zealand Virology Laboratory Network. They are intended for use by health professionals and laboratory staff to ensure safe handling and collection of human specimens for diagnosis of influenza with pandemic potential.
The Hazardous Substances Incident Hospital Guidelines are a part of the National Health Emergency Plan. Hazardous substances (Hazsub) incidents can occur anywhere in the community at any time, so health facilities, and in particular Emergency Departments, must have a level of capability for managing Hazsub incidents appropriate to their level of risk.
Although New Zealand has not experienced an influenza pandemic since 1969 the New Zealand health sector must be prepared to deal with the realities and consequences of such an event and have strategic action plans in place.