It is recommended you consult the Coronavirus website published by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for updates and guidance for both the public and health professionals alike.
A dedicated telephone line has been set up for Health Care workers and staff to call should they develop symptoms compatible with COVID-19; (new onset/exacerbation of chronic cough or fever) at 1-833-475-0724.
NEW POSTER: We have created a NEW poster/social media graphic for optional use to help alert your patients that pharmacies are continuing to experience increased demand for healthcare services. The poster (pdf file) can be printed and put up at the counter. The graphic (jpeg file) can be used on social media.
The collaborative team of the NBPA, the NBCP, and Department of Health representatives continue to advocate for personal protection equipment (PPE) supplies for frontline pharmacists. In the meantime, due to the worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), community pharmacies have been relying on their own solutions such as plexiglass walls, disposable draping on counters, physical distancing markers on floors and change in processes to protect themselves and their patients. The NBPA has collated these examples for your information only (not necessarily evidence based). In addition, we are also we are trying to identify potential suppliers.
We recognize that many pharmacies may not presently offer delivery services so the NBPA has had discussions with Purolator. See the document below for the special offer they have developed for New Brunswick pharmacies.
COVID-19: PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) has prepared guidance for pharmacies regarding use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during this pandemic. The College and Association recognize the challenges in accessing PPE in community pharmacy, and support the CPhA document, which emphasizes the use of other controls to decrease staff exposure to actual or potential cases of patients with COVID-19.
If use of PPE is being contemplated, please review the CPhA document. Important points to consider:
- PPE should not be considered as the primary method to decrease risk of COVID-19 exposure.
- Carefully assess risk and need for droplet protection PPE on a case-by-case basis. Not all functions in the pharmacy carry the same risk.
- There is no specific evidence regarding the effectiveness of PPE for protection if not all recommended PPE elements are used. In other words, without proper hand hygiene, and avoidance of (gloved) hands touching the face, the PPE is of little or no use.
- Hand hygiene MUST be performed before donning; and after doffing, disposing of or cleaning of any PPE, as well as after all COVID-19 patient encounters.
- Surgical/procedural masks for symptomatic customers/patients can help to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets and reduce the risk of transmission to others.
(le document est disponible in anglais seulement)