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PAs in Anesthesia

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by Dodongo Dodongo, APRN, NP (Member) Member Nurse

Dodongo has 7 years experience as a APRN, NP.

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I'm wondering if PAs are able to administer anesthesia.  See the "Duties and Responsibilities" line in the attached picture.  

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CowboyMedic has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Medical-Surgical-Neuro ICU.

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It sounds like they just work with the Anesthesiologist to assess the pt and develop the plan of care for them but it doesn't look like they would be administering anesthesia. As far as I know, I'm not in school yet, the only providers that can administer anesthesia are Physician Anesthesiologists, CRNA's, AA's, and Dental Anesthesiologists. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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Undercat has 41 years experience as a BSN, MSN, CRNA and specializes in Retired.

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In the state of Kentucky, non CRNA or MDA providers must be PA's.  But neither they, nor AA's can work independently.

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On 8/29/2019 at 7:35 AM, Undercat said:

In the state of Kentucky, non CRNA or MDA providers must be PA's.  But neither they, nor AA's can work independently.

To clarify, they must be BOTH an AA and a PA, in the state of Kentucky.  But you are right, either way, they are a dependent tool, not an independent provider.

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Defibn' has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in CCU.

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5 hours ago, BigPappaCRNA said:

To clarify, they must be BOTH an AA and a PA, in the state of Kentucky.  But you are right, either way, they are a dependent tool, not an independent provider.

Pappa, did you just call them tools? 😂

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