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:
- 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
- Reconfigure treatment spaces, offices, and waiting areas to accommodate physical distancing and hand hygiene
- Consider changing local COVID-19 prevalence when adjusting limitations to test procedures and medical urgency
- Limiting number of patients to be seen and directing flow of patients to accommodate physical distancing
- Increasing times for PFT to accommodate enhanced post-test cleaning/decontamination of equipment and environment and air exchange
- Proper use of PPE and availability. AGMP risks may need to be considered.
- 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.
American Thoracic Society:
Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists:
European Respiratory Society:
Alberta Health Services:
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
Government of Alberta:
Canadian Thoracic Society
College of Physicians and Surgeons of each province
Respiratory Therapy Society of each province
Laura Seed, RCPT(p), M.Sc. President, CACPT
Tony Kajnar, RRT/AA, RCPT(P) Sault Area Hospital
SUMMER 2020 NEWSLETTER
The September 28, 2020 sitting of the Spirometry Certification exam has been postponed.
Please stay tuned for the new date.
The 5th PFT Symposium
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2019 PFT Symposium Presentations
Pulmonary Function Testing Past Present and Future – Gregg L. Ruppel, MED, RRT, RPFT, FAARC
- Methacholine Challenge Tests: History 1945-2019 – Don Cockcroft
- Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Protocols & the Normal Physiologic Responses – Carl D. Mottram, RRT RPFT FAARC
- Lung Volumes What Are They Good For? – Gregg L. Ruppel, MED, RRT, RPFT, FAARC
- Quality Assurance Mapping Your QC Program Equipment & Testing Quality – Susan Blonshine
- 2019 Spirometry Standards – Kevin McCarthy
- Considerations For DLCO Testing and Interpretation – Brian Graham
- Lung Function in the Era of GLI – Larry Lands
2018 PFT Symposium Presentations
Children Should Not Be Treated Like Little Adults – Laura Seed, M.Sc., RCPT(P)
The Physiologic Basis of DLCO Testing – Brian Graham – Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine University of Saskatchewan
Vocal Cord Dysfunction The Great Masquerader – Dr. Mary Noseworthy MD FRCPC – Pediatric Respirologist Alberta Health Service
- Methacholine Challenge Testing – Tony Kajnar, RRT/AA, RCPT(P) Senior Therapist, Sault Area Hospital PFT Lab
- DLCO and Lung Volumes Workshop -Tony Kajnar, RRT/AA, RCPT(P) Senior Therapist, Sault Area Hospital PFT Lab
Updated PF Lab Standards – Revised Alberta Pulmonary Function Accreditation Standards – Patrick Litwin, RRT, M. Sc., FCSRT
Using Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing to Understand Exertional Dyspnea – Dr. Mike Stickland
Workshop Mapping Your QC Program – Susan Blonshine RRT, RPFT, FAARC, AE-C
Spirometry Workshop – David Pawluski, B.SC, RCPT (p) University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton
- PFT Interpretation and Reference Values – Dr. Eric Wong