Edmonton, AB – Dr. Richard Barr, a urologist from Calgary, was found guilty of unprofessional conduct by a CPSA hearing tribunal, for failing to ensure a patient was adequately informed of a pre-operative plan to taper their anticoagulant medication in advance of a surgical procedure.
Dr. Barr admitted to the allegation and acknowledged his actions constitute unprofessional conduct. The hearing tribunal accepted a joint submission on sanction and ordered that Dr. Barr receive a reprimand and complete healthcare improvement courses at his own expense. In addition, he was also ordered to undergo a review of his clinic’s systems by an external third party (also at his own cost) to identify opportunities for improvements such as patient benchmark reminders, and submit a report to CPSA’s Complaints Director on how any changes will be implemented, monitored and sustained.
Dr. Barr was also ordered to pay two-thirds of the costs of the investigation and hearing, totaling $18,126.75.