Guidance for LPNs Considering Providing Aesthetic Services During the Pandemic

Posted: January 14, 2021

The Public Health Order issued on November 22, 2020 and extended on January 8, 2021 does not restrict the services of regulated health professionals.  However, given the continued community spread of COVID-19, it is prudent for LPNs to limit in-person interaction with clients when it is appropriate to do so.

Before deciding to offer aesthetic services during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, LPNs must apply their professional knowledge, skill, and judgment and consider all of the following factors:

  • Does the benefit to the individual patient outweigh the risk of potential exposure to COVID-19? Consider the risk to the patient, the risk to others in the office, and the risk to the community.
  • Is my decision consistent with my ethical obligations under my profession’s Code of Ethics?
  • How confident can I be that the broader health care system will not be impacted by my decision to provide aesthetic services? What are the risks associated with the services I provide, and the potential implications to acute care resources if there are complications or unintended results?
  • Am I able to ensure that the appropriate level of PPE and infection and prevention control measures, per Public Health and Shared Health Guidelines, are consistently in place?

Decisions regarding providing aesthetic services for an individual client must be documented in the health record.  LPNs are regulated professionals and must act accordingly. LPNs must make decisions that are in the best interests of their clients and the public. LPNs are accountable for their decisions.

Resources
Guidance on Outpatient Care Delivery
Point of Care COVID 19 Risk Assessment Tool
PPE – Outpatient Settings
PPE – Patients

For a complete list of Shared Health COVID-19 guidelines for healthcare providers, visit
https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/

For questions, please contact a CLPNM Practice Consultant at practice@clpnm.ca