ODA-Action on Covid 19- April 22nd 2020

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ODA Action on COVID-19Wednesday, April 22, 2020ODA members have significant concerns about how to manage their practices – it’s an issue now for those delivering emergency procedures, and for all members who want to reopen safely and effectively when the time comes.

Here are the latest updates about how the ODA is working to help dentists navigate this situation.

Access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The ODA has participated in daily briefings of the Ontario Ministry of Health since the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has given us insight into the many internal discussions the Ministry is having, as it figures out how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry is balancing out the needs of various health-care settings and is hearing the concerns of dentists, and also physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals.

At the urging of health-care groups and professional associations, including the ODA, the Ministry is starting to shift its focus to the PPE needs of health-care professionals outside of hospital and long-term care settings. As supplies and equipment are received by the province, the Ministry makes distribution decisions based on an allocation framework, informed by external bioethics experts. The ODA has communicated clearly that dentists need to be part of this process. Our message has been clear: it is critical for our members to have adequate PPE when providing emergency dental care and as they begin to see patients once restrictions are eased. This is for our safety and the safety of our teams, and to deliver care to keep patients outside of emergency rooms. We continue to press the Ministry on this topic and will keep you informed of our progress.

Returning to Work: Take Caution

The ODA knows the urgency of helping members sort out how to set up their dental practice. Right now, there are many unknowns. There are also many different and contradictory sources of information on what dental offices will need when they reopen. Some companies are making claims about the type of products you’ll need to buy to make your practice ready for the current and post-COVID-19 reality. At this point there are no definitive answers or guidelines. The ODA and the Canadian Dental Association have made this a top priority and are gathering reliable, evidence-based information you can rely on. In the meantime, be cautious and skeptical about investing in costly products and changes to your office, such as large retrofit initiatives, until we have a better idea of what the new normal is going to look like. We are looking at the experience in other countries that are reopening to help us guide members. This is a quickly evolving issue and we do not yet have guidance for you but will update you as soon as we can.

Alert: Fraudulent N95 Respirators

The pressure to obtain PPE has led to reports that fraudulent and uncertified N95 respirators that falsely claim to protect consumers against COVID-19 are being illegally sold to consumers online and in some stores. Protect yourself, your staff and your patients – go to the Health Canada website for tips on what to watch out for.

Do You Know a Dentist Making a Difference This Oral Health Month?

ODA members are doing everything they can to help fight COVID-19, from treating dental emergencies to donating PPE, and this Oral Health Month we want to share these stories. If you, your dental team, or a fellow ODA member have risen to the challenge posed by COVID-19, be sure to post a picture on your practice’s social media account and include the hashtag #OHM2020 along with a brief description. We’ll try to share as many social media posts as possible, so be sure to tag the ODA’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts. Learn more about tagging and our social media guidelines, and don’t forget to demonstrate proper social distancing and infection prevention and control in any photo you share. If you do not have a social media account, please send your photos and details to socialmedia@oda.ca. We’ll try to share as many photos as possible.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator

The Federal government has unveiled a new online calculator that businesses can use to calculate how much money they might receive through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. The application form for the program will become available on April 27. More information on other federal assistance programs can be found on the COVID-19 page on the member website.
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