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Northern California Hospitals Still Place Their Trust in Anesthesia Physicians

July 1, 2016 | 9:15 am | Info Articles
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With some states already giving unsupervised power to nurse anesthetists, Northern California remains firm in giving their absolute trust only to anesthesia physicians in administering any type of anesthesia to patients prior to surgery.

Despite numerous studies conducted by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) that states there are no clinical difference between trained nurses and physicians in terms of administering anesthesia to patients, hospitals still prefer an anesthesia medical group in Northern California that is purely composed of physicians rather than those with nurse anesthetists in their midst.

Anesthesiologist vs. Anesthetists: What’s the difference and why you should care

To any regular person, these two terms might be construed as interchangeable. However, there is a significant difference between an anesthesiologist and anesthetist, which cannot be ignored – the level of education.

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While some might argue that this is some form of discrimination, there is no denying that the education given to anesthesiologists or physicians who specialized and have the medical license to give anesthesia to patients is longer compared to anesthetists.

In other words, anesthesiologists have been preparing for this role since they embarked on their medical career as opposed to nurse anesthetists who are certified registered nurses that receive a comparatively short formal training in giving anesthesia.

This huge difference in education and experience alone should be enough for any patient or patient’s relative concerned about their health to be wary of having nurse anesthetists administer the anesthesia without the guidance of a licensed anesthesiologist.

The price of anesthetist vs. the price of the patient’s well-being

The greatest selling point of nurse anesthetists is that their fee is considerably smaller compared to an anesthesiologist. Though it might cut hospital costs, the risk still exists that something could go wrong. In a worst case scenario, the hospital will have no choice but to call on a licensed anesthesiologist to rescue the patient if complications arise from having an unsupervised dosing by the anesthetist, thus canceling out the cost-saving benefits of leaving an anesthesiologist out of the loop.

In the end, it is always better to be safe than sorry and have an anesthesiologist from a reputable anesthesia medical group handle all of your anesthesia needs.

Sources:

Difference Between Anesthetist and Anesthesiologist?, realself.com
Unsupervised anesthesia care by a nurse anesthetist is a threat to patient safety, kevinmd.com

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