Quality & Patient Safety

Ontario: Private medical clinics soon to be regulated

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, April 14, 2009

After a two-year investigation conducted by The Star of the cosmetic surgery industry and its lack of regulations, a new patient safety act has been passed.

According to The Star, the Regulated Health Professions Amendment Act will grant greater power to all health colleges in regulating, observing, and questioning members inside private clinics. Most importantly, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario will have the ability to create regulatory standards for private medical clinics that conduct invasive procedures such as liposuction, and require clinics meet standards through regular inspections.

The Star investigated the death of Krista Stryland, who died on September 20, 2007, after receiving liposuction, and had 23 incisions made in six body parts in one surgical session. Prior to this act, no legislation existed to prevent episodes such as this one. According to the Star, Rocco Gerace, MD, registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, is happy that the legislation has passed, but said there will not be immediate regulation of facilities.

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