Anesthesia assistants?

  1. I just recently heard of an anesthesia assistant,(similar to a PA), that some states are approving to provide anesthesia under medical supervision. Is this a threat to CRNA's, or an adjunct, or is this something that is really happening? The CRNA I heard it from says it's all about the $$$ related to medical supervision, but I've learned not to base opinions on just one info source. What do those of you "in the know" think about this or have to share with us?
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  3. by   meandragonbrett
    AA's (Anesthesiologist Assistants) are supported by the ASA. They are similar to CRNAs but they can only practice in a certain number of states.
  4. by   TexasCRNA
    Try AANA.com to get the info on AAs. The fight against AAs is heating up in Fla. once more and we as future and current CRNAs need to stay abreast to what is happening in the political realm.

    I know this is not directly answering your question but it would take me too long to explain and if you go to the web site listed which is the American Assoc. of Nurse Anes. there is much detailed info listed.

    To put it polietly, I am dead set against AAs and will support the AANA and the FANA ( FL assoc of nurse anes.) to limit the practice and settings of the AAs.

    Lee
  5. by   sandman1
    It would be a good idea for you to search past threads on this subject. It seems to come up here about once every six weeks or so. There is much info from MANY points of view. Thanks
    Quote from arkgolfer
    I just recently heard of an anesthesia assistant,(similar to a PA), that some states are approving to provide anesthesia under medical supervision. Is this a threat to CRNA's, or an adjunct, or is this something that is really happening? The CRNA I heard it from says it's all about the $$$ related to medical supervision, but I've learned not to base opinions on just one info source. What do those of you "in the know" think about this or have to share with us?
  6. by   maturner
    Quote from sandman1
    It would be a good idea for you to search past threads on this subject. It seems to come up here about once every six weeks or so. There is much info from MANY points of view. Thanks
    What are you talking about? YOU just replied to a 3 year old posting! Check out the dates...
  7. by   suzanne4
    Since this post is so old, I am going to take the liberty of closing it. There are already many active threads on the subject.

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