From the Michigan State Medical Society:
Urgent action is needed.
Please email your Representative, and each member of the House Committee on Health Policy. Urge them to oppose House Bill 4359, dangerous legislation that threatens patient safety by allowing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice independently, without physician supervision.
On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the House Committee on Health Policy will hear testimony on House Bill 4359, legislation that would expand the scope of practice for CRNAs.
House Bill 4359 would dramatically change what both nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists do every day. It would eliminate required physician supervision of nurses who administer anesthetics. Nurses would be solely responsible for the entire anesthesia plan and the administration of related care, including the medical decision-making as to the risk and/or benefits of proceeding with a medical operation, appropriately responding in a timely manner to serious problems which may arise during a procedure, or when a patient is awakening from the drug induced coma of anesthesia.
It is imperative that you contact each member of the House Committee on Health Policy today and inform them of the dangers of allowing CRNA’s to practice independently and unsupervised.
A physicians’ training and experience enable them to make split-second medical decisions to provide life-saving assistance and treat any number of catastrophic complications which may occur when a patient is under anesthesia. Nurse anesthetists do not have the same level of training or experience. Assuring the safety of patients before, during, and after anesthesia requires the broad understanding of medical diagnosis and treatment acquired over many years of training and education. Less training and less experience place our patient’s lives’ in danger.
Your voice matters.