Quote from platon20
I dont understand what you are angry about. Did you read it? It has almost nothing to do with CRNAs. In fact I dont remember CRNAs being mentioned at all in that article.
Its mostly about how surgery has started to move outside of the hospital. Its more about location than about the practioner giving the anesthesia. If anything, the article title is misleading more than ignorant.
Planton let me put 2 and 2 together for you...the following are direct quotes.
"A big chunk of surgery is now handled without an anesthesiologist, raising risks for patients" - TIME magazine
"CRNAs are advanced practice nurses who are the hands-on providers of approximately 65% of all anesthesia given in the United States each year" -AANA Website
What you must appreciate is the power that publications such as TIME have on our lawmakers, and the public who do not vote based on outcome studies posted in scientific publications. The general public probably spends 5 minutes a year even thinking about anesthesia. When a media for the masses powerhouse spews out drivel such as the quote above, it is a lasting impression on vast numbers of readers. How far past the headlines do most of the readers get?
Call it misleading, call it ignorant, I don't care. I am not angry, just want our readers to keep their attention on a publication that reaches millions of households around the country. I take back the "fired up", I suppose I meant I was motivated to inform.
I have a suggestion for TIME...
"A big chunk of surgery is now handled without a trained anesthetist, raising risks for patients"