Decision-Making Tool: Example 1

Morgan is a radiological technologist working in an interventional radiology department. The attending radiologist gives an order for the administration of heparin, an anticoagulant. Is this activity within Morgan’s scope of practice?
Question #1

Is the activity consistent with legislation?

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The Health Professions Act (HPA) provides a framework for governance and defines the requirements that regulated health professions in Alberta need to follow to provide safe and competent care to the public.

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The following passage from the HPA (Schedule 12, Section 3) defines the acceptable practice of medical diagnostic and therapeutic technologists.

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Practice
  • 3(1) In their practice, medical diagnostic and therapeutic technologists do one or more of the following:
    • (a) apply ionizing radiation, non-ionizing radiation and other forms of energy to produce diagnostic images,
    • (b) evaluate the technical sufficiency of the images,
    • (c) use ionizing radiation, non-ionizing radiation and other forms of energy for treatment purposes,
    • (d) teach, manage and conduct research in the science, techniques and practice of medical diagnostic and therapeutic technology,
    • (d.1) assess the medical condition and needs of patients before, during and after the procedure described in clause (a), and
    • (e) provide restricted activities authorized by the regulations.
  • (2) In their professional practice, electroneurophysiology technologists do one or more of the following:
    • (a) use sensitive electronic equipment to record and evaluate the electrical activity of patients’ central and peripheral nervous systems to assist physicians, surgeons and other health professionals in diagnosing diseases, injuries and abnormalities;
    • (a.01) evaluate the technical sufficiency of the recordings made under clause (a);
    • (a.02) assess the medical condition and needs of patients before, during and after the procedure described in clause (a);
    • (a.1) teach, manage and conduct research in the science, techniques and practice of electroneurophysiology;
    • (b) provide restricted activities authorized by the regulations.

RSA 2000 cH-7 Sched. 12 s3;2003 c39 s9;2008 c34 s24;
2016 c9 s13

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