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CMTBC issues Communicable Disease Prevention Requirements

CMTBC is transitioning the Interim Guidelines for Return to Practice (COVID-19) to Communicable Disease Prevention Requirements. The requirements consist of fundamental safety practices that address general communicable disease prevention and the overall health and safety of RMTs and their patients.

The requirements outline foundational elements of communicable disease prevention, and three pillars of responsible care that support communicable disease prevention:

  • Communicating with patients and others that anyone who enters the practice environment must not show signs of communicable disease.
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cleaning

For details of the foundational elements, pillars of responsible care, and resources, read the Communicable Disease Prevention Requirements.

Background on the Interim Guidelines for Return to Practice (COVID-19)

In March 2020, BC’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO) issued expectations that directed all non-essential and elective services involving direct physical contact with patients to be reduced to minimal levels, subject to allowable exceptions. The expectations, issued in light of the COVID-19 situation at the time, led to CMTBC recommending that RMTs temporarily cease practice. 

In May 2020, the PHO eased restrictions on health care services and CMTBC introduced the Interim Guidelines for Return to Practice (COVID-19). The interim guidelines, and frequently asked questions about the guidelines that CMTBC developed, provided RMTs with guidance for returning to practice that was consistent with safety protocols set by the PHO, BC Centre for Disease Control, and WorkSafeBC.

Transition to Communicable Disease Prevention Requirements

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolved, CMTBC updated the guidelines and FAQs a number of times. Corresponding to the lessening risk of COVID-19 transmission in our communities, CMTBC is now transitioning to Communicable Disease Prevention Requirements.

RMTs are reminded that CMTBC’s Practice Environment Standard of Practice is in effect. RMTs must also remain up to date on guidance WorkSafeBC and the Provincial Health Officer.

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