LPN Services During Code Red

Updated: January 16, 2021

As part of the Province’s pandemic response, new orders under The Public Health Act took effect on November 12, 2020.  These orders were extended on January 8, 2021.  Under these new orders, to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all Manitobans are being asked to limit their number of contacts. LPNs who work in the community, outside of the provincial health care system, may have questions about what these restrictions mean for the services they provide.

While the current Public Health Orders do not restrict the services of a health professional (refer to page 11 in the order, available here) LPNs are reminded that they remain responsible for adhering to their professional Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice when making decisions that have implications to clients and members of the public. These documents advise LPNs that they have an ethical duty to take all reasonable steps to avoid doing harm and to take appropriate action to safeguard individuals, families and communities. LPNs remain accountable for their actions and decisions.

With this in mind:

  • The CLPNM encourages LPNs to continue providing nursing services to assist clients in maintaining and improving their health. For example, the CLPNM recognizes that nursing foot care is often important to preventing further health complications down the road, and when that is the case, should continue.
  • The CLPNM advises LPNs who offer services that can be safely delayed, without risk to client health, to delay such services during Code Red restrictions, unless the LPN has applied their professional knowledge, skill and judgment and has determined that the client interest in receiving the service outweighs the risk of COVID-19 transmission to the client, others in the care setting, and the broader community. As regulated professionals, LPNs are accountable for their decisions. For specific guidance on aesthetics click here.

Any LPN who is unsure whether to continue or discontinue their services is encouraged to contact the CLPNM at practice@clpnm.ca.

In all cases, the LPN must take all necessary precautions such as self-screening, pre-screening clients and donning appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), in accordance with Public Health and Shared Health guidelines.

LPNs are encouraged to consider whether their services can be appropriately provided by virtual means. Guidance on Telepractice can be found here.

The CLPNM continues to recommend that LPNs check the provincial COVID-19 resources for health-care providers and staff webpage frequently to ensure they are following provincial recommendations.

As a reminder, obtaining informed consent for services includes providing the client with information about the risks, benefits and alternatives for services. These discussions should include a discussion about risk of COVID -19 transmission.

Contact the CLPNM with questions at practice@clpnm.ca