Anesthesia Assistants hurting Nurse Anesthetist

  1. I have heard alot about Anesthesia Assistants recently. Does anyone see them lessening the demand for CRNA's in the next, say, 5-10 years?
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  3. by   meandragonbrett
    I don't as of right now because there practice if very limitied. They can only practice in about 11 states I believe, and they must be under direct supervision of the MDA not the operating physician. I would say if hospitals hire them it's kind of stupid in my opnion b\c they would have to pay the AA as well as the MDA for being there where as w\a crna if there was no MDA supervision they wouldn't have to play the MDA only the CRNA. Anybody see it the way I see it?j\W It would be nice to see other peoples views. On another note about AAs they are supported by the ASA which is the MDA organization.