This has been another very busy week concerning the Covid 19 pandemic. CPM continues to receive daily bulletins from Shared Services (sometimes more than 1 bulletin) about changes or updates to procedures and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements as well as enquiries from registrants, requests to work with government, and contact with the media. We are staying current with what is happening in other provinces with respect to physiotherapy. By the end of this week, we are beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Yesterday, the Saskatchewan government released details of how they plan to bring businesses and services back and the timeline they have in mind. Our Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Roussin, has also stated that the Manitoba Government is also working on a plan that they hope will be released in another week or two.
What we understand from Dr. Roussin is that a slow return to “normal” is being planned and that social distancing and limited contact will still be paramount. Therefore, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will remain tantamount for a return to service
CPM was approached by Janice Morley-Lecomte, MLA for Seine River, and her committee to assist them to plan for a return to full-service provision by physiotherapists. The Registrar has been working with this group. Given Dr. Roussin’s plans to maintain social distancing and limited contact time with clients, the need for PPE will be paramount. This has been the primary focus of the Registrar’s discussions with Janice Morley-Lecomte and her committee.
Earlier this week, Shared Health issued a notice about PPE with a focus on trying to preserve use of it for the most important uses due to the ongoing shortages that Shared Health is experiencing. This will impact physiotherapy as there are some changes in mandatory use of, for example gloves and gowns.
Please follow these links to Shared Health’s site to read the latest. If your work area is not in these links, please go to Shared Health’s web page and access your work area. We are only linking to the most common physiotherapy work sites, but Shared Health has an expanded list.
As a reminder, the notifications we are updating you about are law under the Public Health Orders, issued under the Emergency Measures Act. These are not directives of the College but the government. If you work in a multi –disciplinary setting, all health care employees are subject to these Public Health Orders.
CPM has been contacted by the media with complaints from the public about physiotherapists not following the protocols for use of PPE, social distancing or use of hand sanitizer. Please review and follow the protocol. Physiotherapy does not need to be in the headlines for these reasons.
CPM has been trying to work with Dr. Roussin and Lynette Siragusa to manage PPE procurement. However, with the shortages that Shared Health has been experiencing, we have not been successful yet in getting answers.
CPM has received numerous calls and e-mails about how to obtain PPE. One registrant graciously shared a link to a company in Regina, Second Barrier Face Shields, which produces and sells face masks.
Another registrant has been using the services of Acryl Design, located on Jarvis Street in Winnipeg, to develop shields for reception desks.
While CPM does not endorse any of these products, we could continue to share with registrants, the names or links to companies that provide PPE, or hand sanitizers etc. in the next Bulletin and on the CPM website. If you are willing to share and support your colleagues with recommendations or contact info, please send an e-mail to the Registrar ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Have a restful weekend. Stay healthy. Stay safe!