January 18, 2018   | Posted in: ,

New reprocessing requirements for ultrasound probes

Community-based physicians using ultrasound probes that come into contact with mucosal membranes, and those used for needle guidance in an aseptic field, are required to implement the Provincial Infection Control Network of BC’s (PICNet) Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfection in Medical Ultrasound to Prevent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Transmission, which include using an oxidizing-based high-level disinfectant with label claims for non-enveloped viruses.  
 
The Ministry of Health has directed that PICNet’s recommendations must be implemented as soon as possible and no later than July 31, 2018. The ministry has also confirmed that PICNet’s recommendations do not include colonoscopes and other reusable medical devices at this time.   
 
Questions regarding the ministry’s requirement to implement the PICNet recommendations can be directed to the following College programs:
  • Physician Office Medical Device Reprocessing Assessments (POMDRA)
  • Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP)
  • Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program (NHMSFAP)
To help physicians implement the recommendations in their practice, the College has published Reprocessing Requirements for Ultrasound Probes, which can be found here
January 02, 2018   | Posted in:

New Bylaws and related policies in effect for the College’s Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program

The College Bylaws have been amended and updated.

Part 5, section A of the Bylaws and related policies for the Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program are now in effect (as of December 30, 2017). The Bylaws apply to all non-hospital and medical surgical facilities in BC.

Schedule A has also been updated (as of January 1, 2018).

December 12, 2017   | Posted in:

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Nima Rabbani Farani

Dr. Nima Rabbani Farani, a surgical assistant, has admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

December 06, 2017   | Posted in:

Now online: College Connector Volume 5 | No. 6

November/December issue now available. Read it here.

November 28, 2017   | Posted in:

Revised and updated – Physician Privacy Toolkit

The use of new technologies (e.g. mobile devices, electronic communication tools, and electronic medical records software applications) has significantly impacted the way in which personal health information is being collected, used and disclosed. With this increased convenience comes increased security risks, resulting in greater challenges for physicians to maintain confidentiality of their patients’ personal health information.

To assist physicians in meeting their obligations under the Personal Information Protection Act, SBC 2003, c.63 in this digital age, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (OIPC), the Doctors of BC, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC have partnered to update the BC Physician Privacy Toolkit, which was originally published in 2004 and subsequently updated in 2009.

The media release issued by OIPC with respect to this most recent joint effort is available here. The updated tool kit is now available as a guidance document on the OIPC’s website. The Privacy Toolkit and other relevant resources can also be found on the Doctors of BC website.

November 07, 2017   | Posted in:

Notification of consultation

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia is inviting feedback on a revised practice standard: Safe Prescribing of Drugs with Potential for Misuse/Diversion.

The College’s practice standards address key areas of medical practice, and respond to existing or emerging issues and topics that are relevant to the College’s mandate of public protection.

As an important step in developing or revising practice standards, the College seeks feedback from physicians, the public and other partners on proposed drafts to assess whether they are clear, concise, and effectively outline the College’s expectations of physicians on the subject.

To participate, please visit the Consultation page.

October 30, 2017   | Posted in:

Notification of reprimand re: Sam Gharbi

Dr. Sam Gharbi, a specialist in internal medicine, has been has been formally reprimanded pursuant to section 36(1)(c) of the Health Professions Act.

The full notification is available here.

October 13, 2017   | Posted in:

Notification of Bylaw Amendment – Sections 1-27, 3-4, 3-5(5), 7-1 and 8-1

The College Board approved amendments to sections 1-27, 3-4, 3-5(5), 7-1 and 8-1 of the Bylaws made under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183 (HPA).

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

The notification period for review and comment is now closed.

 

October 04, 2017   | Posted in:

Now online: College Connector Volume 5 | No. 5

September/October issue now available. Read it here.

September 08, 2017   | Posted in:

Notification of Bylaw Amendment – Complaint Handling and Discipline

On January 27, 2017, the College Board approved amendments to Part 4, Section A of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183. (HPA).

The current Bylaw provides that, where a Discipline Committee panel by a unanimous or majority report makes a finding under sections 39(1)(a) to (e) of the HPA, the Board, in a separate hearing, will consider the issue of punishment and costs under section 39(2) to (8) of the HPA. Having a separate body consider the penalty in relation to a matter that was heard by the Discipline Committee results in a duplication of effort and delay. The proposed Bylaw amendments provide that the Discipline Committee panel that hears the matter also determines penalty at a separate hearing overseen by that same panel, which is in keeping with the HPA and the practice of other professional regulators. 

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

The notification period for review and comment is now closed.

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