The College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM) is keeping a watchful eye on the evolving COVID-19 situation. CPM is aware of concerns regarding COVID-19 and we are committed to supporting physiotherapists, patients and the public by providing reliable information to support sound decision-making.
We encourage you to review and employ existing Practice Directions of the College for:
We also recommend:
- Wash your hands before and after providing treatment. Use soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Encourage patients to wash their hands when they arrive and before they leave. Use signs to remind visitors to wash their hands and have alcohol-based hand sanitizers and/or a handwashing station available.
- Ensure that you have appropriate written infection prevention and control protocols in your practice setting and communicate these protocols to all staff.
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth) and consider staying home if you feel unwell. Encourage your staff and patients to do the same.
- Stay informed with reliable information. Don’t trust everything you read on the internet and instead look to trustworthy sources like those mentioned below.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash or use your sleeve.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces,
- Ask patients to reschedule their appointments if they are feeling unwell.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early by calling Health-Links Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 to speak to a health practitioner. Ensure you share your recent travel history with your health care provider.
Other reliable information can be found and is frequently updated on the following websites:
All Manitobans, including health-care providers, are strongly advised to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel. In addition, public health officials are recommending all international travelers should self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning to Canada.
The CPM office will attempt to stay open through this pandemic. However, we have a business continuity plan in place which we will follow if staff fall ill and are required to work from home. Please do not visit the CPM office if you are ill or have returned from international travel in the past 14 days. You can instead, reach us by:
In order to limit social contact, the committees of the College will continue to meet as planned by teleconference. The office will contact members or the committees with the link(s) required to participate in the meetings.
The Annual General Meeting scheduled for April 30, 2020 has been postponed and will be re-scheduled at a later date.
Can I consider telerehabilitation?
CPM would like to advise Registrants that they can consider using Tele-Rehab as an alternative to in-person visits during the COVID-19 or other infectious outbreak.
Telerehabilitation is an option for the delivery of physiotherapy services. The College has a Telerehabilitation Resource Guide available for reference if you are considering delivering services in this manner.
However, it is essential that members do their due diligence when setting up these services. It is critical that members consider:
- Privacy and security of patient information and the technical specifications of the platforms considered.
- Patient appropriateness. Not all patients are best served using this type of technology. The Standards of Practice regarding quality and safety of care apply to all practice, regardless of the method of delivery of care. Can you provide quality care to your patients using this mechanism?
- Patient consent. Patients need to consent both to physiotherapy and to physiotherapy using this method of delivery and need to understand the risks and benefits of receiving telerehabilitation services. The College has developed a patient information handout regarding telerehabilitation to address some common questions regarding this type of service.
- Their own competence to perform assessments and deliver services in this manner. This includes both the competence to use the technology in question and to deliver physiotherapy services using telerehabilitation technologies.
If you are considering using tele-rehab, you should contact any third-party payers to determine if physiotherapy services offered by telerehabilitation would be covered.