Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Numbers Don't Lie. Anesthesiologists Are More Qualified Than CRNA's.
Forget the false equivalency that the AANA tries to propagate. Real life hard numbers don't lie. Anesthesiologists are eminently more qualified to treat their patients than CRNA's. The ASA's When Seconds Count campaign clearly demonstrates the superior and more rigorous training anesthesiologists undergo compared to CRNA's. How can anybody reasonably say that 2,500 hours of nurse training is the same as 16,000 hours of training by anesthesiologists? One has to be toking on their medical marijuana to not see the difference.
Despite the very obvious disparity in experience, the AANA continues its aggressive tactics to legalize independent practice for CRNA's. After losing the battle to have the VA hospitals use nurse anesthetists without physician supervision, they are now focusing their sights, and their money, on Capitol Hill. H.R. 1783, deceptively titled Improving Veterans Access to Quality Care Act, would write into law the requirement that VA hospitals allow independent practice for advanced practice nurses, which includes CRNA's. This is the AANA's way of circumventing the decision made by the Department of Veterans Affairs just a few months ago.
Though the department is unlikely to revisit the issue so shortly after they already made a decision, the ASA will need to be vigilant to make sure the bill doesn't get snuck into some larger legislation without anybody noticing. Can't put anything past people who refuse to acknowledge the distinction between having 2,500 versus 16,000 hours of training.