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New Mexico Proposed Legislation Jeopardizes Safety Of Patients Bill Would Replace Physicians With Nurses For Anesthesia Care | NEWS-Line for Physician Assistants

New Mexico Proposed Legislation Jeopardizes Safety Of Patients Bill Would Replace Physicians With Nurses For Anesthesia Care


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The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the New Mexico Society of Anesthesiologists (NMSA) strongly oppose SB 222, which will remove physician involvement from anesthesia care in New Mexico and authorize nurse anesthetists to replace physician anesthesiologists.

ASA and NMSA urge the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee to vote no on SB 222, which will lower the standard of care and jeopardize the lives of New Mexicans receiving anesthesia.

“Despite advances in medicine and patient safety, surgery and anesthesia are inherently dangerous,” said ASA President Linda Mason, M.D., FASA. “Physician anesthesiologists are highly skilled medical experts who have the education and training to make critical decisions in an emergency. People want a physician to administer their anesthesia or respond in an emergency.”

Physician anesthesiologists have up to 14 years of post-graduate medical education and residency training, which includes 12,000-16,000 hours of clinical training, nearly seven times more training than nurse anesthetists.

Current laws in 45 states and the District of Columbia all require physician involvement for anesthesia care and the VA in 2017 decided to maintain its physician-led, team-based model of care. The VA’s Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) could not discern “whether more complex surgeries can be safely managed by CRNAs, particularly in small or isolated VA hospitals where preoperative and postoperative health system factors may be less than optimal.”

Additionally, there are no cost savings for patients in New Mexico to receive anesthesia care solely by a nurse anesthetist. Physician supervision of anesthesia ensures patients receive safe, high-quality care. ASA and NMSA urge the state not to lower the standard of care in New Mexico. It provides no benefit and can mean the difference between life and death.

Source:American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
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