The Victorian State Government has made changes to the Health Services Establishments Regulations with the inclusion of a new regulation surrounding anaesthesia. From 1 July 2018 general anaesthesia, major regional blocks, intravenous sedation and local anaesthesia with potential to cause systematic toxicity may only be provided by a registered/licensed hospital or day procedure centre. The only exception to the requirement is with the removal of less than 200ml of lipoaspirate under low doses of local anaesthetic.
One of Melbourne’s leading cosmetic surgeons, Dr Peter Paraskevas of Sculpture Clinic (part of Paras Clinic), the first Victorian day procedure centre to be registered, as of 1st October 2018, for liposuction procedures, says “Anyone that chooses to have a procedure such as liposuction in a day procedure centre which is not licensed is putting their overall health at risk”. If the surgeon is not familiar with various sedation methods, they risk the potential to cause systematic toxicity which can be fatal. The new regulations will ensure any licensed day procedure centre/clinic follows the appropriate health standards and regulations from preventing infection, providing comprehensive care (including aftercare), and recognising and responding to acute deterioration.”
Dr Paraskevas added, “procedures like liposuction have become increasingly popular in the past 10 years. With new technologies and in the care of a credible surgeon in a registered day procedure centre these surgeries are quite safe, but I urge potential patients to do their research.”