he California First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco handed down their ruling Thursday that highly trained Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) can continue to practice anesthesia in the state as they always have, and have safely done as a profession for 100+ years….without a requirement that they be supervised by a physician.
Nursing and hospital organizations argued that surgery, obstetrics and emergency care, all dependent on anesthesia, would become more expensive and less available if in-person physician supervision was implemented as a requirement. Doctors suddenly claim that their supervision is a new requirement essential for patient safety. “Physicians are the ones who are most trained and educated to react when anesthesia goes wrong,” attorney Long Do, litigation director for the physicians’ 35,000-member California Medical Association, said Friday. The association has not decided whether to appeal the appeal he said.