UAE mulls plastic surgery guidelines
Dubai, December 27, 2007
The UAE plans to issue guidelines on plastic surgery that surgeons and patients have to meet before a procedure, a report said.
The move follows two botched surgeries last month, said the Gulf News report.
Two Emirati women, both from Abu Dhabi, developed complications after undergoing plastic surgery procedures at private hospitals in Dubai, it said.
A 27-year old woman slipped into a coma and died a few days after a laser liposuction procedure and a 48-year-old woman, who went for a face-lift, slipped into a coma after her heart stopped during the procedure, the report said.
These cases highlighted the need for guidelines for plastic surgery and other forms of elective surgery, said Dr Ramadan Ebrahim, head of the Clinical Governance Office (CGO) at Dubai Health Authority.
The proposed protocol will deal with all aspects of elective surgery, including patient management, surveillance, infection-control and equipment, he was quoted as saying. It will also address conditions on whether and when to do a procedure, as well as patient education.
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