Anaesthesiologists in battle against nurse anaesthetists in the US

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 21 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:881
  1. Catherine Clabby
  1. North Carolina

    American anaesthesiologists (doctors specialising in anaesthesia) are battling aggressively against a government proposal to permit more nurse anaesthetists to work without doctors' supervision in operating rooms.

    The Health Care Financing Administration, which pays the medical bills of millions of Medicare and Medicaid patients, has proposed letting an individual state decide when supervision is necessary. Already, 29 states permit certified registered nurse …

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