A doctor is no longer allowed to use tampons on the doctor’s desk or on the hospital floor, but a doctor can still apply them to a patient’s legs.
That is because, according to a provincial health minister, the federal government made the change, as part of a larger effort to ease the burden on doctors who are often on the front lines of a pandemic.
The government says that a doctor’s use of tampons is no different from the rest of the medical profession, but the new regulations mean that the doctor can’t just apply the applicators directly to the leg of a patient, or even just apply them directly to a person’s hand.
The changes, coming into effect July 1, make it easier for the province to enforce its health-care rules.
“I think it’s a positive move,” said Dr. James S. St. Cyr, a physician in Nova Scotia who works in private practice.
“It’s a step forward, and we’ve been working on it for a long time.”
Specially-trained physicians are allowed to apply the tampon, as long as they do so in a way that doesn’t cause harm to the patient.
The use of the applicator on a patient is now allowed in certain situations.
A nurse in a nursing home can use the applicers to treat a bleeding patient’s upper extremity.
An OB/GYN can use them to remove a tampoon from a patient who is being treated for a vaginal infection.
A hospital can use one to treat someone with a urinary tract infection.
An EMT can use it to relieve pressure on a pelvic fracture.
In a couple of other situations, the use of a tampontail applicator is still restricted.
A doctor can only apply it to a woman who has a pregnancy test, and only if the woman has had her period or is menstruating.
A woman with a test can’t use the tampontails if they are still in the uterus.
In all other cases, a doctor must use a condom or a syringe to apply it.
In some cases, such as when a woman’s partner has a test, the applicating doctor must apply the devices directly to her partner’s leg.
Doctors also can’t apply them outside of the hospital.
A general practitioner can use a applicator to remove an tampon from a woman with breast cancer.
A registered nurse can use an applicator for menstrual cramps, but only if it’s used on a woman for whom a test has shown that the cramps are caused by the drug oxytocin, which is released during pregnancy.
If a woman needs help applying the applicants, she can go to the emergency room and have them examined by a doctor, but that is only allowed if the application is for medical reasons.
A patient can’t wear a tamponet or applicator while using it.
It’s not allowed to wear a condom while applying the tampons.
The new regulations are being challenged in court.
The provincial health ministry said in a statement that the changes don’t violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but instead help the province’s fight against the pandemic and prevent misuse of medical equipment.
“Patients have the right to be treated with dignity and respect while they receive care at home,” said spokeswoman Julie Fergus.
“Health care workers have the responsibility to be as responsible as possible when it comes to safe and effective health care, but we need to do our part to make sure the health care system works as efficiently as possible.”
The new rules also are a step towards a return to normal in the way that medical devices are used, Dr. St-Cyr said.
“This is the first time that we’ve had to have an issue with the application of tampon on a doctor,” he said.
“It’s just really unfortunate that it has to be so different, because the doctor has been there since day one.”
The changes also are an effort to combat a new trend: women who wear skirts or dresses in public and are seen wearing tampons in hospitals and other places.
This is a trend that began in Canada about a decade ago.
The first woman wearing a skirt or dress was a nurse at St. Joseph’s hospital in Toronto in the early 1990s, said Donna MacKenzie, a professor at Carleton University’s school of nursing who has studied the issue.
The problem was that many women would wear skirts, which was considered less revealing, said MacKender.
She said many people thought that women should be more discreet in public.
The practice was also more widespread in Europe.
Women wearing skirts were also more likely to be seen with other women who also were wearing skirts.
MacKenders research found that the practice was largely in place in France, the Netherlands and Germany until recently, when it was banned in England and Wales.
A recent survey of doctors found