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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

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 [...]

Withdrawal of Physician Services during Job Actions

Professional Standard on Withdrawal of Physician Services during Job Actions Preamble The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia ("the College"), as well as the public, the medical profession and the government of Nova Scotia, is concerned about the quality and accessibility of health care. The College acknowledges its obligation to communicate clearly to all parties what it expects from the medical profession in Nova Scotia during any withdrawal of services. The aim of this professional standard is to clarify the College’s position and expectations in the event that any College members choose to withdraw their services as part of a job action. This professional standard is similar to others instituted by other Canadian [...]

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 [...]