Polysomnographic Technology Program
Polysomnographic Technicians and Technologists are respected members of the healthcare team. Professionalism and ethical standards are essential criteria they must possess in order to maintain the respect of patients, co-workers and other healthcare professionals. The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists has established a code of conduct for the Polysomnography profession to uphold these standards and ideals.
BRPT Standards of Conduct for Polysomnographic Technologists
In the conduct of professional activities the Polysomnographic Technicians and Technologist shall be bound by the following ethical and professional principles. Polysomnographic Technologists shall:
Be responsible for maintaining and promoting ethical practice. All RPSGT Applicants/Certificants shall abide by BRPT’s Standards, Rules and Procedures Regarding Ethical and Professional Discipline Complaints (“Rules and Procedures”), and all other BRPT rules, policies and procedures.
All RPSGT Applicants/Certificants shall provide competent services and shall use all efforts to meet the patient’s polysomnographic requirements.
The RPSGT Applicant/Certificant shall act in the best interests of the patient at all times.
All information relating to a patient’s background, condition, treatment or management plan or any other information relating to the RPSGT Applicant/Certificant/patient relationship is and shall always remain confidential and may not be communicated to any third party not involved in the patient’s care without the prior written consent of the patient or patient’s legal guardian.
The RPSGT Applicant/Certificant shall be truthful and honest to the patient, the BRPT, their employer and the public in general.
Fees for polysomnographic services should be reasonable for the services performed, taking into consideration the setting in which the services are provided, the practice costs in the geographic area, the judgment of other related or similar organizations, and other relevant factors.
RPSGT Applicants/Certificants shall not: (i) directly or indirectly request, receive or participate in dividing, transferring, assigning or rebating any funds derived from a referral of a patient to any other individual or entity, whether affiliated with the RPSGT Applicant/Certificant or otherwise; or (ii) except for the reasonable and customary fees earned for services performed for the patient, profit by means of a credit or other valuable consideration, such as an unearned commission, discount or gratuity for providing polysomnographic services.
RPSGT Applicants/Certificants shall provide evaluation and therapeutic intervention in accordance with the laws and regulations of the jurisdictions in which they practice.
The RPSGT Applicant/Certificant shall report to BRPT any conduct that appears to violate these Standards.
The RPSGT Applicant/Certificant shall not delegate any responsibility requiring unique skills, knowledge or judgment that compromises patient care and safety to a less than qualified person.
The RPSGT Applicant/Certificant shall not decline to accept a patient on the basis of race, gender, color, religion or national origin or on any basis that would constitute illegal discrimination.
For more complete information on the BRPT Standards of Conduct, you may visit the BRPT homepage at www.brpt.org.