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Cosmetic Procedures in Nova Scotia – Qualifications Required to Perform

Professional Standard on Qualifications Required to Perform Certain Cosmetic Procedures in Nova Scotia Introduction Recent tragic events in Canada and other parts of the world have highlighted the need for high levels of training and experience among physicians who undertake cosmetic procedures. In keeping with its public protection mandate, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has surveyed several experts in the field and has produced the following list of cosmetic procedures whose degree of risk warrants that they be performed only by highly trained and experienced specialist physicians working within the scope of practice of their specialty. Qualifications and Procedures Only physicians who are listed on the speciality register [...]

Care Directives in Aesthetic Medicine

Professional Standard Regarding Care Directives in Aesthetic Medicine Definition of a Care Directive A care directive is an order written by a physician for an intervention or series of interventions to be implemented by a registered nurse (or other health-care provider) for a range of patients with identified health conditions, only when specific circumstances exist. The purpose of a care directive is to provide safe, timely, effective and efficient patient care using the expertise of the physician and the registered nurse (or other health-care provider) who must use discretion and judgment when implementing the care directive. The care directive must outline interventions within the scope of practice of the registered nurse [or other health-care provider]. Adapted [...]

Obstetrical Ultrasound for Non-Medical Reasons

Professional Standard Regarding Obstetrical Ultrasound for Non-Medical Reasons Purpose The purpose of this professional standard is to clarify for physicians their obligations with respect to ordering and performing diagnostic ultrasounds. Introduction Physicians are under increasing pressure to perform and/or order obstetrical ultrasound examinations for non-medical purposes. There are a number of organizations that have formal statements indicating that the use of obstetrical ultrasound for entertainment or fetal gender determination purposes is inappropriate. These include: Health Canada, the Nova Scotia Association of Radiologists, the Canadian Association of Radiologists, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, the Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Professional Standard

Provision of Care by Physicians after Hours or During Short-Term Absences

Guidelines on the Provision of Care by Physicians after Hours or During Short-Term Absences Preamble Physicians have an obligation to assist or direct patients to care when their offices are closed or when they are unavailable.  This obligation is ordinarily met by participating in on-call coverage, and/or providing information to patients on where care is available in their absence.  The College therefore encourages its members to be familiar with and to observe the following guidelines. Guidelines These guidelines apply to all physicians when accepting new patients at any point during their practice. Physicians are strongly encouraged to participate in an after-hours call or coverage schedule, allowing for the provision of urgent [...]

Female Genital Mutilation

Professional Standard Regarding Female Genital Mutilation Background Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates a person's rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death. Source: World Health Organization: Female genital mutilation. Fact Sheet No. 241, February 2012. Professional Standard The College hereby informs [...]

Scope of Practice in a Health Emergency or Pandemic

Professional Standard on Physician Scope of Practice in a Health Emergency or Pandemic Introduction A large-scale health emergency such as a pandemic will require many physicians to assume professional roles that are different than their usual roles. The College encourages its members to train and/or upgrade their skills in anticipation of such a crisis, recognizing that immediate upgrading may be required in some cases. As the need for certain skills and expertise becomes more critical during these times, physicians may want to help by returning to clinical practice from non-clinical work or retirement or by working outside their usual scope of practice.  Such changes to scopes of practice or return to clinical practice will be [...]