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COVID-19

As a precautionary method, Spinal Cord Injury Manitoba Inc. has decided to close our offices temporarily, effective today(March 18 2020) at 4:30 p.m. All staff will be working remotely until further notice and our team will continue to deliver important services to our members while ensuring the safety of our staff, members and community.

If you require assistance, please call the office at 204-786-4753 and leave a message or contact us by email at info@scimanitoba.ca.


COVID-19 Guidance for the SCI Community – 2020/03/19

People living with SCI often have breathing difficulties and/or impaired lung function. This information sheet has been prepared to help you know what to do during this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Prevention

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water for 20-30 seconds
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Call your doctor before you visit to let them know you feel unwell and explain any other health concerns
  • Regularly clean all surfaces that you touch every day, including your phone and wheelchair parts (pushrims, joystick, armrests, brakes, tray, etc)
  • Prepare an emergency kit (a guide is available on our website at ca)

●      Keep on hand a cache of medical supplies to last a minimum of 30 days (catheters, gloves, lubricant, dressing supplies), as well as medications

 

Attendant Care

  • Ask all attendants to wash their hands thoroughly when they arrive, before and after they provide care, and before leaving
  • If an attendant is feeling unwell, you have the right to send them home but be aware that an alternate attendant may not be available
  • Have a back-up plan if your attendant is ill or does not show up
  • Be sure to wash your own hands after all care
  • Read this article from Public Health Ontario regarding caregivers:

publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-guide-isolation- caregivers.pdf?la=en

 

If you are Sick, or think you might have COVID-19

  • Isolate yourself at home if you develop respiratory symptoms
  • Call your local public health authority for advice
  • Read this article from the Globe and Mail for information on symptoms:

theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-i-think-i-may-have-the-new-coronavirus-what-should-i-do

 

If you use a ventilator, CPAP, or cough assist device

  • Speak to your health care provider or respiratory therapist regarding what precautions you, your family and attendants should take in your home
  • Regularly clean your equipment and replace filters per your device manual
  • Ensure you have an adequate supply of filters and tubing
  • Check out this resource: canventottawa.ca

 

Stay informed

Check the advice from your local health authority regularly:  www.sharedhealthmb.ca

Spinal Cord Injury Manitoba: 204-786-4753 or toll-free within Manitoba 1-800-720-4933

Check the advice from your local provincial health authority every 24-48 hours:

 

Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority
233A Main Street
Selkirk  MB  R1A 1S1
Phone; 204-785-4700  | 1-855-785-8500 / Fax: 204-482-4300
www.ierha.ca

Northern Regional Health Authority
PO Box 130
84 Church Street
Flin Flon  MB  R8A 1M7
Phone: 204-687-1300 / Fax: 204-687-6405
www.northernhealthregion.com

Prairie Mountain Health
192-1st Avenue West
Box 579
Souris  MB  R0K 2C0
Phone: 204-483-5000 / 1-888-682-2253 / Fax: 204-483-5005
www.prairiemountainhealth.ca

Southern Health-Santé Sud
180 Centennaire Drive
Southport MB  R0H 1N1
Phone: 204-428-2720 / 1-800-742-6509 / Fax: 204-428-2779
www.southernhealth.ca

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
650 Main Street
Winnipeg MB R3B 1E2
Phone: 204-926-7000 / Fax: 204-926-7007
www.wrha.mb.ca

 

If you need to be admitted to hospital, this guide can help your health care providers manage issues related to your SCI:

spinal.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Nurses-Booklet-My-Personal-Care-Booklet-w.-AD.pdf

Note and Disclaimer: This guidance was created by experts in the SCI Community on March 12 2020 in consultation with infectious disease specialists. This document is based on the best available evidence at the time of release. We can’t guarantee that the guidance is up to date or current as the pandemic is changing daily.

Covid19 Guidance Article from SPINAL CORD INJURY CANADA


By checking this Manitoba Government website link, you will have current up-to-date information on the Coronavirus:
More Information


Please Read the Below Link for Emergency Preparedness Guide

Emergency Preparedness for Disability


Hand Hygiene

 

We Offer
Six Core Services

Rehabilitation Counselling

SCI Manitoba offers a wide range of professional services, including personal and continuous support, information, community linkages and follow-up. Clients use our services as they see fit to return to an independent life in the community.

Vocational/Employment Services

Our members have told us it is important to retain their self-sufficiency by returning to their jobs or exploring new job opportunities. SCI Manitoba’s vocational counsellors are invaluable in achieving this objective.

Community Advocacy

SCI Manitoba is committed to promoting societal inclusiveness. We work to identify and eliminate systemic barriers to full community participation. We help raise awareness of spinal cord injury, undertake preventative initiatives and facilitate inter-organizational collaboration to promote these goals.

Service Coordination

While dealing with a spinal cord injury, you will meet and work with dozens of people on issues related to housing, health care, employment and more. Our unique framework can assist in coordination from the first day.

Peer Support

There is nothing like connecting with someone who’s been there. For members who are interested, SCI Manitoba has a list of successful peer volunteers.

Information Services

We strive to provide current, comprehensive and reliable information for people with spinal cord injuries, their families, employers, community agencies, insurers and governments.

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