Code of Ethics
AmSECT Code of Ethics
The purpose of a code of ethics is to acknowledge a profession's acceptance of the responsibility and trust conferred upon it by society and to recognize the internal obligations inherent in that trust. The following paragraphs delineate the standards governing the conduct of members in their professional interactions with patients, colleagues, other health professionals and the general public. Realizing that no code can encompass all ethical responsibilities of the members, this enumeration of obligations in the code of ethics is not comprehensive and does not constitute a denial of the existence of other obligations, equally imperative, and not specifically mentioned herein. This code of ethics shall be binding on the members of this society.
- Canon 1. Members must uphold the dignity and honor of the profession, accept its disciplines and expose without hesitation illegal, unethical and incompetent conduct.
- Canon 2. Members shall respect the patients' rights and dignity and shall uphold the doctrine of confidentiality regarding privileged patient information.
- Canon 3. Members shall provide only those services for which they are qualified. Members shall not misrepresent in any manner, either directly or indirectly, their skills, training, professional credentials, identity or services.
- Canon 4. Members shall strive to improve their medical knowledge and skills on a continuing basis.
- Canon 5. Members shall maintain and promote high standards for perfusion practice, which may include education, research and scientific presentations and/or publication.
- Canon 6. A member shall at all times hold the well-being of the patient to be paramount and shall not act in such a way as to bring the members' interests into conflict with the patient's interests. A member shall deliver health care services without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, religion, sexual preference or physical and/or mental condition.