Respiratory Care Board of California

Patients' Rights

The following patients' rights have been adopted by the Board for consumer education:

RESPIRATORY CARE PATIENTS' RIGHTS

  1. Patients have the right to professional, conscientious, and competent care.
  2. Patients have the right to health care that meets community standards regardless of the setting.
  3. Patients have the right to adequate explanations regarding therapy, management, rehabilitation, and diagnostic evaluations or services performed.
  4. Patients have the right to refuse any treatment to the extent permitted by law and to be informed of the medical consequences of refusing such treatment.
  5. Patients have the legal right to request and review the license of any respiratory care practitioner and be apprised of the current status of the license (i.e. valid, expired, canceled, probationary, revoked).
  6. Patients have the right to be informed of the physician(s) responsible for medical direction and the supervision of the respiratory care practitioner.
  7. Patients have the right to expect that all records and/or communications pertaining to their care are treated as confidential.
  8. Patients have the right to access all health records pertaining to their care as provided by statute.
  9. Patients have the right to refuse observation by those not directly involved in their care.
  10. Patients have the right to be fully informed and advised of their rights in all health care settings.