CRNA scope of practice

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    I was wondering what some of the non-anesthesia related duties a CRNA may be asked to perform with or without MDA supervision/approval. Among others, I am specifically wondering if a CRNA would ever be asked to perform a lumbar puncture.
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    Quote from Nolander
    I was wondering what some of the non-anesthesia related duties a CRNA may be asked to perform with or without MDA supervision/approval. Among others, I am specifically wondering if a CRNA would ever be asked to perform a lumbar puncture.
    Yes, I have been asked/done a lumbar puncture when the ER physician wasn't able to get it after several attempts. There isn't anything special to doing a lumbar puncture and anesthesia providers that do spinals on a regular basis are probably the best at doing lumbar punctures r/t our experience with spinals.

    Why the concern/question?
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    Quote from wtbcrna
    Yes, I have been asked/done a lumbar puncture when the ER physician wasn't able to get it after several attempts. There isn't anything special to doing a lumbar puncture and anesthesia providers that do spinals on a regular basis are probably the best at doing lumbar punctures r/t our experience with spinals.

    Why the concern/question?
    I've mainly just been wondering what CRNA's do outside traditional anesthesia and the OR...
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    Quote from Nolander
    I was wondering what some of the non-anesthesia related duties a CRNA may be asked to perform with or without MDA supervision/approval. Among others, I am specifically wondering if a CRNA would ever be asked to perform a lumbar puncture.
    Why would you classify a LP as a non-anesthesia related duty? What's the situation that causes you ask the question? CRNAs are credentialed differently at institutions just as the docs are.
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    Quote from subee
    Why would you classify a LP as a non-anesthesia related duty? What's the situation that causes you ask the question? CRNAs are credentialed differently at institutions just as the docs are.
    I'm not trying to get into semantics. I mainly just wanted to know if they would regularly be asked to do spinal taps, and it wouldn't be something that would be unusual for them to do on a regular basis.
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    There are 6 anesthesia providers where I work (5 CRNAs & 1 MD). We perform 90% of the LPs at our facility. There are a cpl of Drs who do them, but most will not even attempt. I work without MDA supervision. The MDA is my boss, but he does his own cases and is in the call rotation just like the CRNAs so pretty much everything we do, we do without MDA supervision. The others things that I occasionally do along these lines is IJ CVLs in the ICU (usually the surgeons do these since they prefer SC CVLs), Art lines in the ICU, & "difficult" intubations in the ER or in OB.
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    Quote from aRNnAR
    There are 6 anesthesia providers where I work (5 CRNAs & 1 MD). We perform 90% of the LPs at our facility. There are a cpl of Drs who do them, but most will not even attempt. I work without MDA supervision. The MDA is my boss, but he does his own cases and is in the call rotation just like the CRNAs so pretty much everything we do, we do without MDA supervision. The others things that I occasionally do along these lines is IJ CVLs in the ICU (usually the surgeons do these since they prefer SC CVLs), Art lines in the ICU, & "difficult" intubations in the ER or in OB.
    so then who do you hand the sample over to?
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    Quote from Nolander
    so then who do you hand the sample over to?
    the nurse, who sends them to the lab for analysis
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    Well I was just reading in laboratory test reference manual that LP's are performed by a physician
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    Yes, and if you goto the ASA or AMA websites you will find that they state APNs aren't supposed to do half the things they do on a regular basis. There is ignorance and politics in books just as there is in real life.
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