The Health Professions Procedural Code (“the Code”) of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) requires all Colleges to have a program in place to prevent and deal with the sexual abuse of clients. While the CMO has had a sexual abuse prevention program in place since 1994, the program was due for extensive review and revision.
The CMO’s Consultation and Transfer of Care Standard (CTCS) has been revised to clarify the management and treatment of newborn hyperbilirubinemia. College Council passed the motion to change the CTCS consultation from hyperbilirubinemia requiring medical treatment to hyperbilirubinemia unresponsive to phototherapy.
The Quality Assurance Committee will be dedicating time over the next year to reviewing and revising the components of the QA Program including Self-Assessments Peer and Practice Assessments, and Quality of Care Evaluations. Community input will be needed to help identify best practices and develop an innovative and meaningful QA Program as the profession grows. So please stay tuned to learn more about how to get involved.
The College Council has agreed that midwives have the legal authority to use uterine balloon tamponade (UBT) in emergency postpartum haemorrhage situations, when they have the knowledge and skill to do so. Midwives are not required to carry this tool as a part of their essential equipment for out-of-hospital births, nor are they required to have the knowledge and skill to appropriately use the device; however, there is nothing in law or College Standards preventing midwives from doing so.
In support of clear research evidence and community led petitions to rescind Ontario’s mandatory ocular prophylaxis law, the CMO recently sent a letter to the Honourable Dr. Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care requesting that this out-dated law be rescinded.