Coroner calls for guidelines on cosmetic surgery

A SOUTH Australian coroner has called for new national guidelines to be imposed on the cosmetic surgery industry after finding a young woman died from a liposuction-related infection.

Lauren Edgar, 28, died less than a week after having liposuction on her stomach and legs at an Adelaide surgery.

According to the Herald, Deputy Coroner Anthony Schapel found surgeon Dr George Kerrt should have provided better after-care and, in particularly, paid more attention to Ms Edgar's claims she was suffering significant pain following the procedure.

In a statement released on Thursday, Ms Edgar's parents said the inquest into their daughter's death had been "a long, drawn-out, painful process" but were consoled by the fact the Deputy Coroner had "recommended significant changes, particularly baseline requirements for the training, expertise and qualifications of cosmetic surgeons and the licensing and standards for private health facilities".

Coroner's recommendations

  • Establish a national framework covering cosmetic procedures, which includes a baseline of requirements relating to the training, expertise and qualifications of cosmetic surgeons.
  • Compulsory licensing and standards for private health facilities and specific guidelines for the work-up of patients contemplating cosmetic medical and surgical procedures.
  • Cosmetic surgery industry should be advised that an acceptable level of post-operative care must include a personal post-operative consultation with the patient within the first 24 to 48 hours of a liposuction procedure.
  • SA Health should refer to an expert committee within SA Health the issue of the appropriate clinical management of patients presenting to public health units and who are diagnosed with gas gangrene, for the purpose of formulating and disseminating treatment guidelines.


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