Important messages regarding COVID-19


 

1) Remember your duty to report notifiable communicable diseases

Given the current world outbreak of COVID-19, it’s important to remind registrants of the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act (PHPPA) and Public Health Protection and Promotion Regulations. The PHPPA creates measures for the early detection and management of health risks to the population of Newfoundland & Labrador, including measures to help monitor and minimize the spread of communicable disease.

In order to help monitor and minimize the spread of communicable disease, the PHPPA mandates that pharmacists, and other health care professionals, report SUSPECTED or CONFIRMED diagnosis of notifiable communicable diseases. A notifiable communicable disease is one found on the Notifiable Disease List (included below). As a front-line health care professional, you may be the first one to suspect the presence of a notifiable communicable disease in a patient and in this particular case, COVID-19 (which falls under “all disease outbreaks, unusual disease clusters and unusual disease occurrences” that have to be reported immediately to 1-866-270-7437).

The documents below are from the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Please review to ensure that you are familiar with your duty to report:

2) Keep informed with messages from the Department of Health and Community Services

In particular, remember, if someone (you, a patient, a family member, a coworker) are experiencing symptoms: fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, pneumonia in both lungs — call 811 immediately and advise of your condition. They will direct you on how best to proceed given your situation.

3) Visit Health Canada’s COVID-19: For health professionals page

This page has up to date guidance on early recognition and source control, as well as precautions for preventing the transmission of infection in healthcare settings, and more.

 
Stay tuned for ongoing information and messages to be provided regarding COVID-19.

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What you need to know about PrescribeIT as of March 2020

PrescribeIT is a national e-prescribing service developed by Canada Health Infoway. The service permits prescribers to transmit a prescription electronically between a prescriber’s electronic health record (EHR) and the pharmacy management system (PMS); it is important to note that PrescribeIT is not something that can be integrated directly into the Pharmacy Network — it is in fact a separate entity.

In January, PrescribeIT began a pilot in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) at a community pharmacy in Bonavista. The pilot, or proof of concept, project is an opportunity to examine the functionality of PrescribeIT service in our province. In accordance with provincial stakeholders, namely Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Health Information, NLPB wants to ensure that this solution is the best fit for our EHR environment before it is approved to officially launch in NL.

The pilot project is a “work with you approach” recognizing that our communities consist of other members of NL health care beyond physicians who are able to prescribe, such as nurse practitioners and pharmacists. In mid-March, an analysis of the pilot will be completed which will include the impact of workflow and patient safety risks. Once the results are in and reviewed thoroughly, NLPB will provide further updates regarding the use of PrescribeIT in NL from a pharmacy practice lens.

Until then, if you have any questions regarding the pilot project or the use of PrescribeIT in our province, feel free to email inforx@nlpb.ca.


 

Board Member Elections 2020: Nominations are IN!

Thanks to all registrants who put their names forward for Board Member Elections 2020, the deadline for nominations was March 8.

In accordance with the nominations we received this year, there will be elections in two zones — Zone 5 (Hospital) and Zone 7 (At large). Ballots will be circulated in these zones on April 9 with a deadline to vote on May 1. Viewing of the votes will take place on May 4. More information and details regarding the elections will be circulated closer to the election date.

If you are interested in joining the NLPB team as a Board or committee member, keep your eyes open and apply for opportunities.

Speaking of committee opportunities — see one below!


 

Call for interest: Practice Advisory Committee

NLPB is seeking interested registrants to serve as members of our Pharmacy Practice Advisory Committee. If you’d like to play a part in shaping NL scope of practice in the interest of patient safety, then this might be a role for you!

We currently have openings for:

  • One community pharmacist
  • One hospital pharmacist
  • One pharmacy technician
  • *all applicants must be currently practicing

This committee in particular has a mandate to assist NLPB in meeting its goals of protecting the public and ensuring quality and ethical care, by advising on current or new standards related to registrants’ scope of practice.

Role of committee:

  • Develop, review and make recommendations regarding standards of practice related to the scope of practice of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
  • Develop, review and make recommendations regarding implementation plans and strategies to assist registrants with meeting standards of practice and the expectations of contemporary pharmacy practice.
  • Review and make recommendations regarding the Code of Ethics.
  • Consult, as it considers necessary or appropriate, with registrants or other individuals who have relevant expertise.

Meetings are normally held in St. John’s at a time and place suitable to the committee. Teleconference is often utilized but if in-person meetings are required, travel and other associated expenses are reimbursed.

If you have any questions about the committee’s roles and responsibilities, please contact Melanie Healey, Associate Registrar-Professional Practice, at mhealey@nlpb.ca.

Interested in this committee? Please submit your name, contact information, a brief bio, and a few lines about why you’d like to be a member of the committee to inforx@nlpb.ca by April 3, 2020.

Thank you in advance for your interest in serving your profession.

 

FYI, the Canadian Pain Task Force would like input

The Canadian Pain Task Force is conducting an online consultation from February 27 to April 17, 2020 to identify ways to improve how pain is addressed in Canada.

The consultation invites all Canadians to share their ideas and experiences including:

    People personally impacted by pain…

  • Family members and friends of people living with pain
  • Health care professionals, service providers, support workers and caregivers
  • Civil society and community groups working in areas related to pain, or social determinants of pain
  • Researchers and academics
  • Private industry and insurers
  • Input will assist the task force in providing a report to Health Canada in June 2020. The goal is to identify best and leading practices, potential areas for improvement, and elements of an improved approach to understand, prevent, and manage pain.

    To participate in the consultation, visit this Health Canada page.

    Visit the Canadian Pain Task Force page for more information.

     

Regular reminders

Registrant Contact Information – Registrants are responsible for ensuring that the contact information on their registrant profile, including email address and practice site, is accurate at all times. The NLPB primarily uses email communication to send newsletters, renewal reminders, practice site assessment information, professional development audit information, calls for interest for committees, and other alerts. If the email address on file is incorrect, important information may be missed and/or disclosed to the wrong person. If your contact information changes, please log into the NLPB Registrant Login to update your file with your new contact information as soon as you can.

Forgot Your Password? – You can retrieve your NLPB Online Registrant Portal password at any time. Under the Login box, click the message that says, “Forgot your password? Click here to restore it.” On the next screen, enter your NLPB username, if you know it, or your email address. Click “Retrieve.” In a few minutes, you will receive an email with your username and password. Once you are logged into your profile, you can change your password.

Receipts & Invoices – NLPB’s Registrant Portal maintains all receipts created by the system. If, for any reason, you need a receipt or to view an invoice, you can do so from your registrant profile. Once logged in, click on “Renewal Other/Invoices” and then select either “view invoice” or “print invoice” next to the one you are interested in.

 

This e-newsletter contains information on a wide variety of topics intended to enhance the practice of pharmacy in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As it is published and circulated to all registrants on a monthly basis, it is the expectation of NLPB that all registrants are aware of the matters contained therein.

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