This is a guest post by Dr. Mary-Ellen McKenna ND (Inactive) the College's Manager of Inspections
The Inspection Program authorizes the College to inspect premises where Members compound for and administer, intravenous infusion therapy (IVIT). The intent of the program is to ensure that Ontarians who choose to access these services receive safe, quality care. The College supports this by supporting continuous quality improvement for its Members who provide IVIT.
Since the program's inception in March 2017, 158 premises have registered with the College. Following an inspection these premises can receive an outcome of a pass, a pass with conditions, or a fail.
While it is only a little over a year* since it began, it is fitting to ask if the Inspection Program is improving the safety and quality of IVIT care being delivered. The wholehearted answer to this question is yes and here are the reasons why.
It is clear that Members providing IVIT at the premises inspected to date take the care of their patients very seriously and have responded to the expectations of the Inspection Program in a positive and meaningful way. When deficiencies are identified, the vast majority of the premises have initiated changes to ensure patients benefit from improved quality of care. All deficiencies that posed a risk of harm to patients were addressed and have been rectified. Any deficiencies that were not met, did not pose a risk of harm to patients and therefore will be followed up on at the next inspection.
*at the time of writing