Covid-19 Prevention Policy

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Alberta Acupuncture Massage Clinic COVID 19 Prevention Protocol

  1. Booking Appointments and Screening Clients As a practitioner:

Before booking an appointment with a client, go through a screening process with them. Over the phone or through email ask your clients the following questions:

  • Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms, even mildly?

    - fever , cough , Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing , sore throat , runny nose
  • Have you been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • Have you travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
  • Have you been in contact with anyone who has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
  • Does your job require you to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?
  1. HAND HYGIENE

All practitioners have to follow the hand washing protocol upon entering and exiting the practice environment, before and after providing direct care , after handling dirty laundry, before and after putting on and taking off personal protective equipment ,after cleaning client contact surfaces, upon completion of any touch-based administrative tasks (e.g. payment transactions) Remind clients to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the practice environment.

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using an adequate amount of soap.
  • Rub hands together to create friction, rinse under running water, and dry them with single-use towels.
  • Turn off the tap with a single-use towel.
  • When hands are not visibly soiled, you may use hand sanitizer.
  • Hand washing stations and hand sanitizers are available inside the clinic environment, treatment room, and reception area.

3. ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANING AND DISINFECTION

  • all items that were at the reception and waiting area,are removed  
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment after contact, even when they are not visibly soiled. This includes reception desks, counters, telephones, PIN pads, tablets, computers, pens, shelves, door handles, light switches, lubricant dispensers, treatment tools and equipment, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect shared facilities such as washrooms, staff rooms, laundry rooms, frequently.
  • Practitioners use  their own product bottles, the bottles should be cleaned and disinfected between use.
  • Launder linens and other items that come into contact with clients between each use.

4. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE):

All Staff throughout the day have to wear procedure masks  and gloves at all times.

Follow the instruction video of how to put on and take off the PPE
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/using-ppe.html

5. Distancing

  • Maintaining a two-meter separation between individuals is preferred in our facility. Clients/patients that are from the same household can be cohorted.
  • Restricting the number of staff, volunteers and clients/patients less than 6 at any one time.

Reference of choosing PPE: Respiratory Protective Equipment: An Employer’s Guide

Reference of preventing COVID 19 Protocol:  

Appendix A to Record of Decision – CMOH Order 16-2020 on May 3, 2020
NHPC- COVID-19 Practitioner Handbook: Returning to Work Updated May 2020

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