November 4, 2020: CMTBC’s Interim Guidelines for RMT practice in the pandemic environment are updated to clarify that pre-screening is an essential part of risk mitigation. Patients are asked by their RMT to complete the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool 24 to 48 hours prior to their massage therapy appointment, and respond appropriately if the self-assessment outcome instructs the patient to get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate, and/or call 8-1-1, or take other action that indicates their health is at risk.
November 2, 2020: CMTBC’s Interim Guidelines are updated in consultation with Iridia Medical Inc., Vancouver, and are consistent with current recommendations from BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, and the BC Centre for Disease Control.
View useful summaries from the BC Government, BC COVID-19 provincial support, Phase 3
Flu shot (November 2020), RMTs and their patients can reduce the risk of co-morbidity of COVID-19 with seasonal influenza by getting a flu shot. This is consistent with guidance provided by BC’s public health authorities. It is not within RMTs’ scope of practice to recommend or require that their patients get a flu shot.
On May 6, 2020, Premier John Horgan announced BC’s Restart Plan, easing restrictions on a number of activities, including health care services delivered in the community. BC’s Restart Plan was signed both by the Premier and by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
Registered massage therapy is included on page 14 of BC’s Restart Plan, “Restoration of health services” under enhanced protocols. RMTs have an ongoing duty to deliver care in a way that minimizes the risk of spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
CMTBC, as the authority that regulates the massage therapy profession in British Columbia, has developed Interim Guidelines for Return to Practice as the “enhanced protocols” under which RMTs are permitted to practice in the context of COVID-19 in the community.
The Interim Guidelines are based on the following principles:
RMTs must develop a safety plan for clinical practice that addresses the requirements set out below. Your plan must be communicated to patients, colleagues, and others who need to know the steps you are taking to minimize risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus.
Your plan will:
These guidelines are called “Interim Guidelines” because they are updated as required, to reflect new guidance provided by relevant governmental authorities. CMTBC’s key touchpoints for guidance are:
CMTBC’s Interim Guidelines for Return to Practice were developed in consultation with Iridia Medical Inc. (team led by Dr. Allan Holmes, MD, FRCP), and a panel of RMTs. Iridia Medical continues to provide guidance and support as required with updates and revisions to the guidelines.
Please note that the Interim Guidelines contain links to resources on external websites which are frequently updated. If you encounter a broken link, please email [email protected] to advise CMTBC.
CMTBC’s Interim Guidelines represent best practices that must be followed by RMTs to minimize risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
Your professional judgment and choices will determine whether and how you implement additional measures specific to your practice setting, your professional insurance requirements, and your patients’ needs.
Provision of RMT services in the context of COVID-19 requires clear and thoughtful communication that is based on trust between an RMT and a patient.
PRE-SCREENING – PRIOR TO ARRIVAL
SCREENING UPON ARRIVAL
RECEPTION / entry
THERAPISTS’ SHARED AREAS, multi-practitioner setting, e.g., kitchen, lockers, charting stations
WASHROOM FOR PATIENT USE
ELEVATORS/STAIRS/OTHER, IF USED TO ACCESS CLINIC
RECEPTION / ENTRY
IN THE TREATMENT ROOM
WASHROOM FOR PATIENT USE
ELEVATORS/STAIRS/OTHER IF USED TO ACCESS CLINIC
CMTBC does not mandate the use of PPE. The RMT may decide whether to use personal protective equipment for themselves and/or for their patient/s.
October 2020: Public health authorities expect everyone to wear a mask in shared indoor spaces (e.g., clinic area, washrooms).
November 2020: CMTBC strongly encourages the use of non-medical masks by both RMTs and patients in the treatment room.
RMTs should also consult the following:
CMTBC’s Interim Guidelines for Return to Practice were developed in consultation with Iridia Medical Inc. (team led by Dr. Allan Holmes, MD, FRCP), and a panel of RMTs.
Please note that CMTBC’s Interim Guidelines contain many links to resources on external websites which are frequently updated. If you encounter a broken link, please email [email protected] to advise CMTBC.