COVID-19 Update: Speech-Language Pathology Services in Healthcare Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: 
20 April, 2020
Credit: 
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
Category: 
SAC News
Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) has released an Official Statement on Speech-Language Pathology Services in Healthcare Settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The purpose of this Official Statement is to support the health and safety of SAC members and associates undertaking speech-language pathology procedures in healthcare settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Official Statement highlights concerns in the international community about the potential for a number of speech-language pathology procedures to be aerosol generating. However, current guidance from some provinces and territories may not support this view.

In the context of this rapidly changing health emergency, SAC members and associates should consider the best available evidence concerning potentially aerosol-generating speech-language pathology procedures when undertaking risk assessments for individual patients.

S-LPs are encouraged to raise the profession’s concerns about the risks associated with aerosol-generating speech-language pathology procedures with their employers, while making necessary modifications to their practice as part of a risk management approach to patient care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following resources may be used to inform clinical practice, as well as advocacy initiatives:

 

SAC Resources

 

Canadian Resources

 

International Resources