“Physicians who perform specific procedures in their offices or clinics — for example, allergy or immunization injections, drawing blood, performing surgical procedures such as vasectomies — owe a duty of care to their patients, and the courts and the provincial and territorial regulatory authorities (Colleges) expect physicians to be prepared for urgent complications that might arise as a result of the medical interventions they provide…While a clinic or office cannot reasonably be prepared for every possible, unexpected emergency, Colleges view physicians as having an ethical obligation to do their best to attend to individuals in need of urgent care. The Canadian Medical Association's Code of Ethics states that physicians should: "Provide whatever appropriate assistance you can to any person with an urgent need for medical care.”

1To read more from the CMPA, please access the full document at the following web address https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/en/safety/-/asset_publisher/N6oEDMrzRbCC/content/preparing-for-a-medical-em…

 


References

1. Preparing for a medical emergency – Anticipating the unexpected in an office or clinic. CMPA January 2013 https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/en/safety/-/asset_publisher/N6oEDMrzRbCC/content/preparing-for-a-medical-emergency-anticipating-the-unexpected-in-an-office-or-clinic