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German hospital's use of trained nurse anaesthetists angers doctors

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39157.522546.DB (Published 22 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:607
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    The German private hospital group Helios Kliniken has come under harsh criticism for introducing a new system which trains anaesthesia nurses so they can partly substitute for anaesthetists. The model means that one doctor can supervise more than one operation at a time, a practice already common in other European countries like Switzerland and the Netherlands.

    In 2005, a young patient had brain damage during an operation in one of the …

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