Covid 19 Information for the Public
Dec 1, 2020
TCM and Acupuncture clinics in community settings should follow Public Health Orders and implement a Covid-19 Safety Plan according to WorkSafeBC in addition to the College’s bylaws and practice standards for quality practice in their operations. If a member of the public has any concerns with how a TCM or Acupuncture practitioner provides their health service during the pandemic, they can contact the College:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for the Public
College’s Related Publications / Information
BC Health Regulators Publication
- Providing in-person community care during COVID-19 Guidance for regulated health-care providers (May 15, 2020, BC Health Regulators)
Guiding principles and assumptions
The following guiding principles and assumptions have been identified as foundational for reintroducing health-care services in the context of COVID-19:
All registrants will follow the guidance, expectations, and direction provided by the PHO.
Registrants employed by hospitals, health authorities, and long-term care facilities should refer to guidance provided by their employers and the PHO.
The direction in this document pertains to the delivery of care outside of these settings. These include, but are not limited to, private practice clinics, private mobile or community-based practices, and school-based practices.
Some services can be safely and effectively provided virtually. Other services require in-person visits including direct patient care. College standards apply, regardless of whether services are provided virtually or in-person.
Wherever possible, physical distancing will be maintained during the delivery of care.
In-person services must only proceed when the anticipated benefits of such services outweigh the risks to the patient and the health care provided.
The registrant is accountable and is the person best positioned to determine the need for, urgency and appropriateness of in-person services.
Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) must be used for the safe delivery of in-person services; however, all registrants must also act to conserve PPE through its judicious use.
Registrants must consider if they are the most appropriate health-care provider to address the patient’s needs, referring patients to other members of the health-care team when in the patient’s interest.
Registrants must not recommend unproven therapies for treating COVID-19.
Registrants must not prescribe or offer any COVID-19 treatments or therapies if infectious diseases is not within their scope of practice.
Registrants are accountable to provide clear, honest, transparent communication regarding their policies and procedures related to COVID-19.
Information from Regional Public Health Offices