Volume 4 | No. 2 | March / April 2016

Registrar’s message – new CDC opioid guidelines a game-changer

In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States issued a new national guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, which attracted international media attention. The guideline confirmed what many physicians have known for a long time: that the risks for taking opioids for chronic pain can far outweigh the potential benefits.

Disposable devices are the safest and most convenient option for medical offices

The Physician Practice Enhancement Program (PPEP) recently shared information on the use of medical devices in physicians’ offices. The information presented compared the use of disposable medical devices versus reprocessing reusable medical devices and the rationale for why the safest and easiest choice is to use disposable items.

But I know my patient!

Safe prescribing may involve having tough conversations with patients about who they are and what they do. In all instances, physicians are required to implement a treatment plan that considers a patient’s lifestyle and protects him or her from harm.

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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