For those of you that follow the INQRI blog regularly, you may be familiar with our previous coverage of nurse anesthetists ability to practice without supervision recently being upheld in California. The same debate is now taking place in Colorado, with the story garnering attention from Dan Frosch's article this morning in the New York Times. Mr. Frosch first introduces the point of view of nurse anesthetists and rural health advocates who argue that by allowing nurse anesthetists to practice without direct supervision, more patients will now have access to timely anesthesia without having to travel a great distance to receive care. As with this policy's detractors in California, those in Colorado who oppose nurse anesthetists independence argue that these practitioners do not have sufficient training and expertise to deal with untimely complications.
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