Public Consultation: Standard of Practice for Exercise Cardiac Stress Testing

CPSM conducts formal consultations as part of the development process for Standards of Practice. We invite CPSM members, the public, and stakeholders including other regulated health professions, to provide feedback on the draft Standard of Practice. 

Introduction

Exercise Cardiac Stress Testing is used to test the heart for coronary artery disease, diagnose arrhythmias, determine treatment of heart disorders, and check the heart before surgery. In regards to patient safety, there are certain risk factors associated with Cardiac Exercise Stress Testing that warrant standards of practice across the province.

 

The Standard

The draft Standard of Practice, once approved, will apply to:

·     Practitioners supervising and interpreting exercise cardiac stress testing.

·     Medical directors of facilities (including hospitals, health authority facilities, and non-hospital medical or surgical facilities) that perform exercise cardiac stress testing.

 

The draft Standard of Practice contains:

·     Qualifications for supervising, interpreting, or serving as medical director for testing

·     Quality and Patient Safety

·     Responsibilities of a Medical Director

·     Documentation

 

Methodology

A diverse Working Group of cardiologists from hospitals and the community, developed the draft Standard of Practice for Exercise Cardiac Stress Testing. The Working Group reviewed the regulatory approach used by other provinces.

 

Resources

Additional sources of information are included in the Standard.

 

Consultation Process

The draft Standard of Practice is distributed to members, the public, and stakeholders, including other regulated health professions, government, and medical facilities for consultation.

 

How to Submit Your Feedback

After reviewing the draft Standard of Practice for Exercise Cardiac Stress Testing, submit your comments by email to: SoPCardiacStress@cpsm.mb.ca. The deadline for feedback is October 29, 2021. 

 

Feedback from the consultation will be reviewed, considered, and the Standard will be revised if necessary. CPSM Council will then review the Standard and provide final approval.

 

Your input helps CPSM create standards that are stronger, more comprehensive, and ensure best practices for patient safety. 

 

Click here to read the DRAFT Standard of Practice for Exercise Cardiac Stress Testing