Welcome to the NBSCT!
The New Brunswick Society of Cardiology Technologists (NBSCT) is a non-profit society established to raise the standard of practice, level of competence and quality of patient care in New Brunswick. Each member of the NBSCT is also a member of the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists (CSCT). The CSCT is affiliated with the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) and is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). The CSCT admits and revokes membership in the Society and mandates that each member maintains professional standards by participating in a mandatory Continuing Education Units (CEU) system.
In June of 2004, with the passing of Bill 54, the NBSCT became a self-regulating body. Bill 54 protects the scope of practice and protects the public from unqualified persons performing the duties of a Cardiology Technologist. (http://www1.gnb.ca/legis/bill/editform-e.asp?ID=272&legi=55&num=1)
Cardiology Technologists perform diagnostic tests on the heart. These tests include: electrocardiograms (ECG), exercise tolerance testing (ETT), nuclear exercise tolerance testing (which involves working with Thallium), stress echocardiography testing, holter monitor application and analysis, pacemaker interrogation and programming with physician supervision. Also, the Cardiology Technologist may document and record pacemaker implant threshold measurements under direct supervision of performing surgeon, perform interrogation and programming of implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD), apply blood pressure monitors and event monitors, and administer medication as directed by physician. Our direct line of authority is from patient to technologist, to physician.