Opt Outs - American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Summary: The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) strongly opposes gubernatorial opt-outs as a matter of patient safety. When seconds count, when a life hangs in the balance, when medical emergencies or other complications occur, physician anesthesiologists draw upon their extensive medical education, years of clinical training and experience to make critical decisions that save lives. Nurse anesthetists play an important role on the team, but it’s essential to remember: a nurse anesthetist cannot replace a physician. It’s too risky to administer anesthesia without the supervision of a physician. Learn More ...

ASA Policy
ASA Statement on the Anesthesia Care Team (2013)

ASA Contact(s)
For additional information, please contact Jason Hansen, Director of State Affairs

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