Monday, April 6, 2020

NBU part of joint agreement on Personal Protective Equipment

The New Brunswick Union (NBU), working with several other parties, have developed and issued a joint statement on the use of personal protection (PPE) equipment by health care workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Protecting healthcare workers has been the goal of all the organizations in these discussions. Keeping healthcare workers safe and on the job is of the utmost importance as their work is key in fighting COVID-19.
It is vital that healthcare workers have the necessary PPE to perform their duties, while also ensuring we preserve the supplies so they can be used when required.
The participating parties include the NBU, Department of Health, Horizon Health Network, Vitalité Health Network, EM/ANB Inc., Canadian Union of Public Employees, New Brunswick Nurses Union, New Brunswick Medical Society, and the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Homes Unions. The document is intended to provide clarity on the approach in New Brunswick.
All parties have agreed that a risk assessment will be done on every patient interaction to ensure healthcare workers have the right PPE to provide care. Front-line healthcare workers have the expertise and are in the best position to determine the risk.
All health care workers who are within two metres of suspected, presumed or confirmed COVID-19 patients shall have access to appropriate PPE.
The joint agreement also includes a commitment by all parties to assess the supply of PPEs on an ongoing basis. The employers commit to explore all available avenues to obtain and maintain a sufficient supply.
“We need to trust and empower our healthcare workers to make the best decisions possible for themselves and their patients,” said NBU President Susie Proulx-Daigle. “This agreement helps protect those who are protecting us.”
There are other points of emphasis in the document. The joint statement can be found by clicking on the document below.


PPE Joint Statement