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Doctors Sue To Stop Unsupervised Nurse Anesthetists from Administering Anesthesia
Health Leaders Media - Cheryl Clark

Surgical patients are being put at risk because a new California regulation allows nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without the supervision of a physician, claims a lawsuit filed against California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger by two large physician groups Tuesday. “It’s a patient safety issue when you have absolutely no supervision from a physician; it’s very risky,” says Francisco Silva, general counsel for the California Medical Association, which filed the complaint jointly with the California Society of Anesthesiologists.