Respiratory Care Ethics & Professional Conduct

In the conduct of professional activities the Respiratory Therapist shall be bound by the following ethical and professional principles. Respiratory Therapists shall:

  • Demonstrate behavior that reflects integrity, supports objectivity, and fosters trust in the profession and its professionals. Actively maintain and continually improve their professional competence and represent it accurately 
  • Perform only those procedures or functions in which they are individually competent and which are within their scope of accepted and responsible practice 
  • Respect and protect the legal and personal rights of patients they treat, including the right to privacy, informed consent and refusal of treatment 
  • Divulge no protected information regarding any patient or family unless disclosure is required for responsible performance of duty, or required by law 
  • Provide care without discrimination on any basis, with respect for the rights and dignity of all individuals 
  • Promote disease prevention and wellness 
  • Refuse to participate in illegal or unethical acts 
  • Refuse to conceal, and will report, the illegal, unethical, fraudulent, or incompetent acts of others
  • Follow sound scientific procedures and ethical principles in research 
  • Comply with state or federal laws which govern and relate to their practice 
  • Avoid any form of conduct that is fraudulent or creates a conflict of interest, and shall follow the principles of ethical business behavior 
  • Promote health care delivery through improvement of the access, efficacy, and cost of patient care 
  • Encourage and promote appropriate stewardship of resources. 

Effective 12/94 Revised 12/07