Volume 4 | No. 1 | January / February 2016

Registrar’s message

At its January meeting, the Board approved interim guidance on physician-assisted dying, which provides important information on what is required of physicians who choose to perform this procedure. The guidance was developed after many months of consideration into the matter, and a consultation period with the profession. While the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has given the federal government a four-month extension on the deadline to pass legislation on PAD, the SCC also made an exception, allowing patients who find the extension intolerable to seek PAD during the four-month period by applying to the BC Supreme Court. 

This exception will be effective as of the original deadline, February 6, 2016

Defining standards for interventional pain management and accrediting facilities

Chronic pain management with the use of interventional pain procedures has expanded dramatically in recent years. Lists have been growing as patients wait for in-hospital outpatient access for these procedures. As a result, there has been an increase in the provision of these services outside of hospitals in clinics and physician offices without much guidance on the appropriate setting, equipment, and techniques, as well as the appropriate credentialing required for safe clinical care.

Read the label carefully! More on single-use medical devices

A registrant recently asked the College whether a particular single-use medical device could be reused, as the device package stated, “Can also be reused after ensuring proper sterilization.” Confusingly, however, the manufacturer also indicated the device was “disposable.” What should registrants do when a device is described as disposable and reusable at the same time?

The College Connector is sent to every current registrant of the College. Decisions of the College on matters of standards and guidelines are contained in this publication. The College therefore assumes that each registrant is aware of these matters. Questions or comments about this publication should be directed to communications@cpsbc.ca.

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