May 4, 2020 Update from the ACAO
The Government of Alberta announced on April 30, 2020 that regulated health care practitioners could begin to re-open for routine care as of May 4 as part of the Early Actions of Alberta’s Relaunch Plan.
Below are guidelines for practitioners, employers, and the public to support the return to full service (UPDATED MAY 4, 2020). Please visit the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 webpage to view the announcement.
Enhanced Infection Control Procedures
Alberta Health Services has provided new resources outlining enhanced infection control procedures that may be useful for community health care practitioners. Resources include manuals, best practices, and guidelines for routine services, hand hygiene, Personal Protective Equipment, equipment cleaning, and outbreak management.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
An important aspect of the transition to routine care and the increased number of patient visits is obtaining and correctly using the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) necessary to protect the health and safety of practitioners and patients. More information on PPE can be found here:
How to use PPE
To protect the public and yourselves amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to take additional precautions beyond the normal infection control procedures expected of opticians. The use of PPE such as masks, gloves, goggles, and scrubs may be new to many practitioners. Below are some videos explaining how to put on and take off PPE.
Workplace Health and Safety
Re-opening for routine care also means navigating patient health and safety in new ways. More information to support the transition to routine care can be found here:
Resources for Communicating with the Public
Find posters and other resources to help you communicate with the public below.