10.32.20.04

.04 Code of Ethics.

A. The ethical responsibilities of a licensed perfusionist include, but are not limited to, compliance with the principles set forth in ßB of this regulation.

B. A licensed perfusionist:

(1) Shall:

(a) Practice medically acceptable methods of treatment and may not endeavor to practice beyond the competence and the authority vested in the perfusionist by the physician;

(b) Report:

(i) Known illegal, unethical, or incompetent conduct; or

(ii) In good faith, suspected illegal, unethical, or incompetent conduct;

(c) Respect the patientís rights and dignity;

(d) Maintain patient confidentiality and protect privileged information;

(e) Place the patientís best interest ahead of all else;

(f) Guard against conflicts of interest including avoiding those involving financial or personal gain;

(g) Uphold the dignity and honor of the profession and abide by its ethical principles; and

(h) Be familiar with existing state and federal laws governing the practice of perfusion and comply with those laws; and

(2) May not:

(a) Delegate any perfusion duty to an individual not having the appropriate training and skill to undertake such responsibility;

(b) Falsify documentation on patient records; and

(c) Falsify reports submitted to the Board.

C. All services shall be provided with respect for the dignity of the patient, unrestricted by considerations of:

(1) Social or economic status;

(2) Personal attributes; or

(3) The nature of health problems.

D. A breach of ethical principles may be considered immoral or unprofessional conduct in the practice of perfusion.