COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
In light of the confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease in Alberta and the World Health Organization declaring the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic, we wish to offer our members information regarding infection prevention and protection to you and your clinic. Please see below some attached resources you can use in your clinics.
To Minimize Chance for Exposure:
- Screening – when scheduling appointments, ask patients if they have developed symptoms of a respiratory infection, i.e. cough, sore throat, fever, rash and to reschedule appointments if necessary.
- At appointment – consider limiting points of entry, post posters with instructions on symptoms, hand hygiene, travel alert poster.
- For your own protection – sanitize your hands, sanitize area, disinfect laundry, wear gloves and if necessary, you could wear a mask.
HCP should perform hand hygiene before and after all patient contact, contact with infectious material and before putting on and after removing protective gear, including gloves. Hand hygiene after removing protective gear is particularly important to remove any pathogens that might have been transferred to bare hands during the removal process.
Provide supplies for respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette, as well as alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) with 60 – 95% alcohol (no-touch receptacles).
As an added precaution consider removing any excess fabric and covers from tables that could interfere with adequate cleaning (such as table warmers, padded face covers, etc.). Also, be aware of the risk of using blankets between multiple clients without washing,
- If you suspect exposure – notify CRMTA and call 811 Health Services to notify. Direct patient to call ahead to medical facility so they are prepared when the patient arrives.
Alberta Health Services has provided a recommendation page, as well as posters for you and your clinic (see attached).
Refer to World Health Organization for information on affected areas. See image of affected areas as of March 10, 2020