Welcome to The Canadian Association of Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists.

The Canadian Association of Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists membership is composed of technologists employed in the Heart Catheterization Laboratories and/or Pulmonary Function Laboratories. The Registered Technologist works closely with the physician in order to provide information relevant to the patient’s diagnosis, prognosis, and surgical risk. The Registered Technologist requires specialized skills in order to perform the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures used for the investigation and treatment of pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders. He/she must have extensive knowledge of instrumentation and techniques, and furthermore, must be able to elicit active cooperation from the individual patient during these procedures.

The CACPT is committed to maintaining the highest standards possible for all Registered Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists. The CACPT Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and Annual National Registry Examinations are designed to establish and maintain these high professional standards.

 

CACPT Statement on COVID-19

With the announcement of the COVID 19 pandemic on March 11, 2020, many PFT labs across Canada have stopped performing routine tests.  Pulmonary Function Testing is an essential service and labs are following pandemic protocols. As per the ATS statement, only urgent testing should be performed, with an emphasis on enhanced Infection Prevention Practices, including use of PPE.

It may be that we have all done our part to flatten the curve by staying at home, washing our hands and physical distancing as shown by the apparent decline in new COVID-19 cases across Canada. Testing capacity and restrictions may need to be adjusted during phases of COVID-19 prevalence.   We must reflect on our current practice and consider developing new guidelines with the information that is presently available.  There are a number of published statements that address the future of PFT labs such as the ERS, ATS, CSRT, PHO, etc to name a few.   

Until the specific guidelines are published for each province, PFT labs can start reviewing these areas of practice:

  1. Pre-screening patients in advance of testing with Pre-Screening questionnaire.  Patients with COVID-19 symptoms should be referred back to ordering provider or public health authority
  2. Reconfigure treatment spaces, offices, and waiting areas to accommodate physical distancing and hand hygiene
  3. Consider changing local COVID-19 prevalence when adjusting limitations to test procedures and medical urgency 
  4. Limiting number of patients to be seen and directing flow of patients to accommodate physical distancing 
  5. Increasing times for PFT to accommodate enhanced post-test cleaning/decontamination of equipment and environment and air exchange 
  6. Proper use of PPE and availability.   AGMP risks may need to be considered. 
  7. Equipment modifications; additional steps to reduce equipment contamination and enhance patient safety

All PFT labs will need to confer with their provincial Infection Prevention and Control authorities as well as provincial health authorities when developing their policies.  Presently the CACPT will be participating in a PFT working group with the Canadian Thoracic Society to review standards during/post COVID-19.  

An additional resource to review changes to current practices is the Webinar Replay on Restarting Your Lab – A Pathway to resuming Diagnostic Testing During COVID 19; presented by Matt O’Brien (MS, RRT, RPFT, FAARC – University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health) and sponsored by MGC Diagnostics.  While this is a US perspective, many issues are similar for Canadian Labs.  The CACPT and Novus Medical Inc are collaborating with Matt O’Brien to incorporate information in the webinar for the Canadian audience.  Stay tuned for the Canadian Webinar to be scheduled in the last week of May.

References

American Thoracic Society:

Pulmonary Function Laboratories: Advice Regarding COVID-19

Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists:

Position Statement on Procedures Creating a Heightened Risk of Infection During an Outbreak of a Communicable Respiratory Disease

European Respiratory Society:

Lung function testing during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Alberta 

Alberta Health Services:

Interim IPC Recommendations COVID-19

Aerosol-Generating Medical Procedure Guidance Tool novel coronavirus (COVID- 19)

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta

CPSA’s Advice to the Profession on Reopening Practice during COVID-19 CPSA Standards of Practice

Government of Alberta:

Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy

Resource Organizations

Canadian Thoracic Society

Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists

 European Respiratory Society

 College of Physicians and Surgeons of each province

 Respiratory Therapy Society of each province

Any additional information and/or questions can be emailed to the CACPT at contactus@cacpt.ca or president@cacpt.ca

Laura Seed, RCPT(p), M.Sc.  President, CACPT                                        

Tony Kajnar, RRT/AA, RCPT(P)  Sault Area Hospital 

 The CTS has just published their position statement on the Resumption of PF testing and the ATS has published a statement on Risks of Aerosol Generating Procedures .  These are must-read documents if you are performing Pulmonary Function Tests. 

SUMMER 2020 NEWSLETTER

 

SPIROMETRY

CERTIFICATION

The September 28, 2020 sitting of the Spirometry Certification exam has been postponed.

Please stay tuned for the new date.

 

Please note

The 5th PFT Symposium 

Postponed

   

We look forward to

welcoming you in

September 2021

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NATIONAL

REGISTRY EXAM

The National Registry Exam will be held on June 5, 2021

Deadline for Student/Registry Eligible Membership application is Dec 31, 2020.

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