News & Updates
Update from OAMRS President & CEO – Greg Toffner
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) availability, Position Statements, Sustainable supply chain for PPE.
Read the full update here
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What OAMRS is Doing
OAMRS is supporting public health recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have implemented a work at home plan for all employees commencing Monday, March 16. We are available to serve members Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Availability continues to be a major concern for your personal safety during your patient interactions. OAMRS is actively lobbying the Ontario government to secure a sustainable supply chain for PPEs and working with our Allied Health Professional colleagues to share information and resources
- Participate in live conference calls every morning with the Ontario Ministry of Health and continue to monitor the situation closely
- OAMRS is in ongoing conversations with our government relations consultants, and MPP Stan Cho who are both in consultations with the Ontario Minister of Health’s office with your concerns.
- Attended a call with the Coalition of Regulated Health Professional Associations (CORHPA) yesterday and raised our concerns directly. CORHPA is a group that is represented by all of the regulated health professional associations in Ontario.
- Communicating with the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) about information and resource sharing.
At this stage we have been informed that more PPEs have been secured and will be distributed to Ontario Hospitals as soon as possible.. We will update you with new information as it becomes available.
OAMRS Position Statements
- We support the Ontario governments recommendation that all elective surgeries and procedures be cancelled and rescheduled to a later date (this includes DI procedures). It is the responsibility of your facilities to determine which procedures are ‘elective’ and ‘non-elective’ based on each respective clinical criterion and protocoling policies
- Mobile x-ray exams for infected or suspected infected patients: Our position on this question is that, if possible, it would be ideal if two MRTs conduct mobile exams in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency (ER) and other high-risk acute care areas. Use of two MRTs for these higher risk exams will help ensure adequate patient care is delivered and contamination/decontamination of equipment is managed effectively. Where this is not possible, assistance from Nursing or Physician staff in the immediate area should be requested at the discretion of and direction of the MRT.
- Awards Gala, Toronto, March 28: Cancelled, COVID-19
- Chapter Spring Education Days: Cancelled, COVID-19
- IV Contrast Injection Enhanced Practice Certificate For Ultrasound and MRT: Cancelled, COVID-19
- Virtual Education Summit (May 2): Free for Members. Theme is Synergy through Collaboration – LEARN MORE
- Annual General Meeting: Virtual. More information coming shortly.
- All Other Events: We are optimistic this will be a temporary situation and all OAMRS events will proceed as planned.
OAMRS is supporting public health recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have implemented a work at home plan for all employees commencing Monday, March 16. We are available to serve members Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm. 1-888-387-4674, email@example.com
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