Nurse anes­thetists play vi­tal role in care de­liv­ery

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT | LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing the re­cent ar­ti­cle “CRNA pro­fes­sion at a cross­roads” (Mod­ern Health­care, Jan. 18, p. 35), even dat­ing to be­fore Dr. Charles Mayo taught one of his nurses to do anes­the­sia, the his­tory of safe prac­tices by nurse anes­thetists can­not be de­nied. I am a proud mem­ber of the cer­ti­fied regis­tered nurse anes­thetist pro­fes­sion, and for the past 35 years of prac­tice, I was a sole provider of anes­the­sia ser­vices with a per­fect safety record. There were no anes­the­si­ol­o­gists present, un­less they were on the OR ta­ble and be­ing anes­thetized by me. The fed­eral govern­ment rec­og­nized our right to in­de­pen­dent prac­tice when CRNAs be­came the first nurs­ing spe­cialty to be re­im­bursed by Medi­care. Eco­nom­i­cally re­spon­si­ble and mea­sured qual­ity care—the per­fect so­lu­tion for anes­the­sia care.

Jan Mannino La­guna Niguel, Calif.

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