RTs Experiencing Abuse

Occasionally, an RT may be subject to abuse by a patient/client, the patient’s/client’s family members, and/or other individuals in their workplace environments. RTs should take the appropriate steps to protect themselves when their personal safety is threatened and report all incidents of abuse to the appropriate person (i.e., manager/supervisor). If there is a significant threat or risk of injury to a Member, it may be necessary to leave the area and reassess the situation. The decision to withdraw or withhold care or services from a patient/client is not common and only used as a last resort. Please refer to your employer’s policy. For information on documenting such incidents, see the CRTO Documentation PPG – Withdrawal of Care/Services Due to Abuse or Violence.

  1. CRTO A Commitment to Ethical Practice
  2. CRTO Funding for Supportive Measures (Non-Patient/Client) Policy
  3. CRTO Funding for Supportive Measures (Patient/Client) Policy
  4. CRTO Mandatory Reporting by Member Fact Sheet
  5. Pause Before You Post: Social Media Awareness for Regulated Healthcare Professionals
    eLearning module
  6. CRTO Standards of Practice
  7. Zero Tolerance of Sexual Abuse and Other Forms of Abuse Position Statement
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  2. Criminal Code of Canada
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  6. Regulated Health Professions Act
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