It is important that you continue to monitor information about COVID-19 as a citizen and as a health professional.
Please visit the webpages below for the most recent updates:
As health care professionals, occupational therapists understand the importance of mental health. During these unprecedented times, it is important to take time to consider your own mental health and well-being. Please browse the following links for mental health resources available for both healthcare workers and the general public.
Mental Health & Wellness Resource Finder – Shared Health https://sharedhealthmb.ca/health-providers/mental-health-and-addictions/mental-health-and-wellness-resource-finder/
Mental Health Resources for Health-Care Workers and the Public – Shared Health https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/mental-health-resources/
Focusing on Our Mental Health – Prairie Mountain Health https://www.prairiemountainhealth.ca/let-s-focus-on-our-mental-health
COVID-19 Mental Health Resources – Southern Health – Santé Sud https://www.southernhealth.ca/en/hp/covid-19-mental-health-resources/
COVID-19 Updates – Northern Health Region https://northernhealthregion.com/covid-19-updates/
Kitatipithitamak Mithwayawin https://covid19indigenous.ca/
Monday, January 25th, 2021 from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
TOPICS: Covid 19: Implications for OT Practice
Monday, February 22, 2021 from 8:00-9:00pm
TOPICS: Chat & Connect – Informal Networking Opportunity
Monday, March 29, 2021 from 8:00-9:00pm
**Past meeting presentations and resources can be assessed on the Practice Resource page in the Members Only Portal.
Meeting topics were as follows:
April 6, 2020 — Essential Services
April 14, 2020 — Telepractice
April 20, 2020 — Coping with Grief, Anxiety and Re-deployment
April 27, 2020 — Coping, Positive Growth & Success Amidst COVID-19
May 11, 2020 — Building Resiliency & Managing Uncertainty as OTs and Tolerance For Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook
May 25, 2020 — Advocacy For Occupational Therapists/Therapy
June 8, 2020 — Advocacy – A Continued Discussion (coming soon)
Caregiving with Confidence:
As the health care system in Manitoba is preparing for further activity related to COVID-19 screening, there is a need to increase the health system’s volunteer pool to support these efforts. As a result, existing volunteers from various organizations in the community would provide significant support.
Please view the following Shared Health and Manitoba Health communications:
View a copy of the letter here: Risk Recognition Program Letter.
MSOT has heard your concerns regarding acquiring appropriate PPE to ensure safety and protection of yourselves and the public, in compliance with public health directives. (Please read to the bottom for urgent information). We have reached out to Shared Health, as well as to a number of vendors in Winnipeg in attempt to gain clarity and support you in your search for PPE, and received the following reply:
“These are unprecedented times, and the Manitoba government is working to ensure the safety of all Manitobans. Across Manitoba, health authorities have undertaken actions to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread, including implementing strict infection and control precautions, enhanced cleaning protocols and daily screening of staff before shift. In collaboration with infection prevention and control experts and public health experts, Shared Health has established provincial guidelines based on the best available evidence for the use of PPE in various health care settings, available at sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/. Shared Health and the health authorities continue to monitor and ensure that standards of care are being upheld and appropriate PPE is available to staff to best serve health care clients. We are unable to inform you of specific quantities of various PPE as quantities on hand change daily based on use.
The Manitoba government acknowledges both the public and private sector occupational therapists who are doing essential work to ensure Manitobans are able to safely return to or stay in their homes. I appreciate you raising the concern regarding access to PPE equipment as they do their work.”
The Government of Canada has a resource of approved surgical/procedural masks online –
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19-industry/medical-devices/authorized/other.html – you can type in the manufactures name under “filter items”, and this will verify if a device (mask or shield) are an authorized medical device by the Government of Canada. I’m not sure how the Government determines what masks are certified or authorized, but that information may be somewhere on the website.
MSOT currently does not have the capacity to bulk purchase PPE, however we have reached out to some vendors in the Winnipeg area and currently (writing on June 9), the following vendors have stated that they have surgical/procedural masks in stock.
Diamond Athletics – they have received Level 3 surgical masks, and are holding a case of 10 for Occupational Therapists (one box of 50 per therapist at this time). The cost is $25.95 – 15% (professional discount) for a box of 50.
IMS (Innovative Medical Supplies) – Level 1 surgical masks, packs of 10 (~$1.80/mask) – they have lots in stock.
We have not reached all vendors, and some were not able to confirm the masks they carry were procedural/surgical. If you know of others and are willing to share with the group please forward on that information so we can all support each other.
Please keep in touch. Stay well,
Heidi, on behalf of the MSOT Board of Directors
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