A FINAL WORD
Given their professional knowledge and position of authority, RTs are accountable for identifying, preventing and managing conflict of interest situations. It is important to note that consent on the part of a patient/client is not a defence in a conflict of interest situation.
The CRTO recommends that if an RT is in doubt about whether a conflict of interest situation exists, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Although the CRTO can provide guidance regarding conflicts of interest, the individual Respiratory Therapist is responsible for determining if an actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest situation exists at the time. If anyone believes that an RT is in a conflict of interest, that person may submit a complaint to the CRTO.