Updates from the Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Program

Sterilizing gauze

The practice of sterilizing gauze in instrument packs has been observed at several non-hospital facilities. Although this practice was reintroduced in the local health authorities as a temporary measure following a Health Canada recall, the recall advisory ended several months ago. Therefore, non-hospital facilities are advised that the practice of sterilizing gauze is no longer permitted.

Emergency cart – pediatric supplies

It has come to the attention of the NHMSFP Committee that pediatric non-rebreather oxygen masks are becoming difficult to procure. Therefore, non-hospital facilities providing pediatric services are advised that the Emergency Cart Medication and Equipment: Class 1 Facility standard has been revised to include the Jackson-Rees T-piece as an alternative to the pediatric non-rebreather oxygen mask. Facilities are required to have either Jackson-Rees T-piece or the pediatric non-rebreather oxygen masks; they are not required to have both.

The Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Program requires private facilities to maintain high standards of practice equal to or exceeding public hospitals. The program establishes accreditation and performance standards, procedures and guidelines to ensure the delivery of high quality health services. The 700 physicians who work in private facilities across the province must be granted privileges by the College.