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Calif. court rules nurses can give anesthetics
San Francisco Chronicle

Nurses who are trained as anesthetists do not need a doctor’s supervision to give anesthetics to California hospital patients, a state appeals court has ruled. Thursday’s decision by the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco was particularly important for rural areas, where nurses commonly administer anesthesia in hospitals, under a doctor’s orders but without in-person supervision. The ruling allows that practice to continue.