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Role of Health Care Professionals in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory as Patient Advocate
The Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals believes that patient advocacy is an integral component of professional practice in the cardiac catheterization laboratory (CCL). Therefore, definitions of advocacy and the behaviors that typify advocacy are essential.
WHEREAS, many definitions of advocacy exist, and
WHEREAS, health care professionals are confronted with situations that require them to act promptly on the patients behalf, and
WHEREAS, personal and professional risks are associated with being a patient advocate, and
WHEREAS, state and national practice acts may require the care provider to be a patient advocate, and
WHEREAS, the process of informed consent mandates that the patient or the patients surrogate be informed fully and give consent freely, and
WHEREAS, the continuum of advocacy is not limited to the individual but may extend to societal concerns,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals believes that all health care providers working in the CCL environment have a responsibility as patient advocate,
AND THAT the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals defines advocacy as respecting and supporting the basic values, rights, and beliefs of all patients undergoing diagnostic or invasive studies.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals believes that as a patient advocate, health care professionals shall do the following:
- Respect and support the right of the patient or the patient's designated surrogate to autonomous informed decision making.
- Intervene when the best interest of the patient is in question.
- Help the patient obtain necessary care.
- Respect the values, beliefs, and rights of the patient.
- Provide education and support to help the patient or the patient's designated surrogate make decisions.
- Represent the patient in accordance with the patient's choices.
- Support the decisions of the patient or the patient's designated surrogate or transfer care to an equally qualified health care professional.
- Intercede for patient who cannot speak for themselves in situations that require immediate action.
- Monitor and safeguard the quality of care the patient receives.
- Act as liaison between the patient, the patient's family, and other health care professionals.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals recognizes that health care institutions are instrumental in providing an environment in which patient advocacy is expected and supported.
Charles C. Barbiere, RN, CCRN, RCVT, CCT, CRTT, EMT, FSICP