n Medical Technology SA - Bioethical principles and professionalism for South African medical laboratory technologists

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-5528


As allied healthcare professionals, medical laboratory technologists are an integral part of the healthcare team, tasked with carrying out essential technical and scientific services in the laboratory. These key technical and scientific resources aid the pathologist and/or clinician in attaining an accurate diagnosis and hence providing the appropriate treatment. In South Africa, pathology services represent an integral part of the clinical consultation and most healthcare diagnosis and treatment involves these services, which are thus fundamental to current healthcare practices. Medical laboratory technologists practice their profession guided by ethical codes and high ethical standards are expected of them. This manuscript explains the four principles of bioethics as they apply to the profession of medical laboratory technology and describes the principles of professionalism for medical laboratory technologists in regard to the social responsibility and the importance of the professional and also the moral contract between society and the profession.

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