Ethics


Introduction: Code of Ethics/ Standards of Practice
Code of Ethics
Professional Standards

Professional Standards


Standard 1: Respect the integrity and individuality of the patient.
Registered Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists shall:

· demonstrate an understanding that the quality of the data is often ultimately dependent upon the understanding and cooperation of the patient;
· assess the cooperation of the patient and adjust instructions or methodology appropriately to ensure the best results;
· demonstrate an awareness of the contraindications to particular tests procedures and know when to terminate a procedure, should there be a question of patient safety or comfort; and
· respect patient confidentiality.

Standard 2: Maintain, improve and apply the knowledge and skills pertaining to the science of Cardio-Pulmonary technology.
Registered Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists shall:

· provide laboratory test results that are used to assess the health status of an individual;
· use specialized knowledge and skills to maintain the laboratory and its' equipment in order to ensure quality of the technical procedure performed;
· identify priorities and organize the workload in order to maintain laboratory efficiency and thus provide test results in a reasonable length of time;
· perform the required tests according to established criteria and identify additional tests to provide further information;
· update and improve knowledge and skills, including laboratory methodology to provide precise, accurate and reproducible results; and
· maintain accurate and complete records of all laboratory procedures.

Standard 3: Participate as a member of the health care team.
Registered Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists shall:

· collaborate with other members of the health care team;
· coordinate laboratory test procedures with other aspects of health care; and
· refer and report pertinent laboratory results to other members of the health care team.

Standard 4: Participate as a member of the laboratory service team.
Registered Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists shall:

· collaborate and cooperate with other members of the laboratory;
· provide effective supervision of subordinate staff members or students;
· demonstrate a commitment to the CACPT Code of Ethics;
· demonstrate a commitment to the policies and practices of the employing agency; and
· accept responsibility for personal actions and seek aid and guidance when appropriate.