The College of Chiropractors of British Columbia (CCBC) has become aware that some registrants are promoting treatment or supplements as a means to boost the immune system and may imply that this will prevent infection from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Any such claims made by registrants are inappropriate. When such claims are brought to the attention of the CCBC they will be forwarded immediately to the Inquiry Committee for investigation.
As stated in part 9.5 of the Professional Conduct Handbook “, The prevention and treatment of infectious disease is not within the scope of chiropractic practice.”
Patients with questions about infectious disease, such as COVID-19, should be advised to contact their medical doctor, nurse practitioner or local public health officials.
Protecting Patients and Yourself
The most important resource for health care providers is the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) website, which offers guidance to health professionals on COVID-19 that is updated on an ongoing basis. The Public Health Agency of Canada website also has detailed information on COVID-19 for health professionals, including the interim national case definition for coronavirus disease.
Both the BCCDC and Public Health Agency of Canada websites provide guidance on infection control.
BCCDC advises that the overall risk to Canadians from COVID-19 is low, and the best protection is to take the same precautions as you would during cold and flu season: wash your hands often with soap and water; cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; avoid others who are unwell; and stay home when you are sick.
In an abundance of caution, the CCBC has followed suit with other health profession regulators and will scale back our on-site presence at the College’s offices in Vancouver. Where possible, staff may work from home. The College will continue to respond to telephone and email inquiries, however, response times may be moderately impacted. We continue to monitor the situation and will advise registrants when regular service levels will resume.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Da Roza