COVID-19: Information for Healthcare Professionals and the Respiratory Community
CTS Statement on Salbutamol Inhaler Shortage
The CTS participated in multi-stakeholder meetings with Health Canada to discuss mitigation strategies for an emerging salbutamol inhaler shortage in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CTS Asthma and COPD Assembly Steering Committees developed rapid guidance for Canadian physicians recommending options for Salbutamol MDI substitutions in the event of a shortage.
Asthma mitigation strategy – April 13, 2020
COPD mitigation strategy – April 13, 2020
Health Canada Update – May 13, 2020
Health Canada Update – May 19, 2020
CTS Position Statements
New position statements were developed by the CTS Asthma, COPD, and Sleep Disordered Breathing Steering Committees to help Canadian physicians optimize management for their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- CTS recommendations regarding the use of face masks by the public during the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic – June 2, 2020 – NEW
- Key highlights of the CTS’ Position Statement on the Optimization of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic – May 15, 2020 (In Press – CHEST Journal)
- Position Statement on Clinical Triage Thresholds in Respiratory Disease Patients in the Event of a Major Surge during the COVID-19 Pandemic – May 11, 2020 – NEW
- Sleep Disordered Breathing position statement – April 16, 2020
- Asthma position statement – April 7, 2020
- COPD position statement – April 8, 2020
Click on the side menu to find resources to guide patients on how to properly use their inhaler, self-management education, pulmonary rehabilitation and home exercise for various diseases or topics.
The pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation and this page will be updated frequently as information becomes available. If you have suggestions for how CTS can best support the respiratory, critical care, and sleep medicine community, please contact: Anne Van Dam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) provides information for healthcare professionals on the following topics:
PHAC Infection Prevention and Control guidelines:
- Infection prevention and control for coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Interim guidance for acute healthcare settings
- Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Acute Care Settings
- Routine practices and additional precautions for preventing the transmission of infection in healthcare settings
ATS & ERS joint Webinar: Global Perspectives on COVID-19
IPCRG 2020: Virtual Conference Sessions on Covid-19, by International Primary Care Respiratory Group
COVID-19: Considerations for the Management of Acute Respiratory Failure, by Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
Pulmonary Fibrosis and COVID-19 Webinar by Canadian Fibrosis Foundation
Recorded webinar with a panel of experts from the Canadian Anesthesiology Society: Protecting yourself while caring for patients – PPE and more
Critical Care Education Pandemic Preparedness (CCEPP): Quick ICU Training for COVID-19
CMA: Managing and re-opening your practice during COVID-19 – May 14, 2020
Royal College: Navigating Medical Emergencies: An Interactive Guide to Patient Management – May 7, 2020
Recommendations from Choosing Wisely Canada
Questions and Answers on COVID-19 by the CMA, the Royal College and the CFPC
Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society
Canadian Association for Emergency Physicians
Canadian Institute for Health Information
Canadian Medical Association
Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST)
American Thoracic Society
European Respiratory Society
Find out about what the industry is doing to fight COVID-19 here.
CTS Members in the News
May 20, 2020 – Toronto respirologist tackles current questions on COVID-19
April 26, 2020 – Asthma and coronavirus – what are the risks?
April 15, 2020 – How countries are responding to the crisis
April 11, 2020 – Asthma and respiratory diseases are dangerous pre-existing health condition for anyone contracting the COVID-19 virus. Joined by Dr. Christopher Licskai, Co-chair of Asthma Assembly of the Canadian Thoracic Society.
April 5, 2020 – What you need to know before wearing a mask
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