Practice Advice & Frequently Asked Questions

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Practice Advisors - College of Physiotherapists of Ontario

Anyone can contact the College for confidential practice advice. The College has a team of physiotherapists ready to answer your call or email and you can ask about anything related to physiotherapy.

Not sure what rule applies? Ask the Practice Advisor. Looking for something on the website and can't find it? Dealing with a tough ethical dilemma and need to talk it through? Call 647-484-8800 1-800-583-5885 or email

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Practice Advice Question


Who is responsible for ensuring equipment used in patient treatment is safe and maintained - the physiotherapist, the clinic owner or the manufacturer?


It is the physiotherapist's responsibility to ensure that the equipment they use to provide patient care is adequately maintained and safe.

A PT must ensure there is a written process for routinely reviewing the maintenance and safety of the equipment they use, and be able to demonstrate that they did the review. The maintenance may be done by another trained individual, but the physiotherapist needs to ensure that the review was done and know the date that is was completed.

Review the Infection Control and Equipment Maintenance Standard for more information.

If you still have questions feel free to contact the Practice Advisor to talk it through. Email or call 1-800-583-5885 or 647-484-8800.

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