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(reply to Cathy Enns)

As a writer on a health-related site, I am sure you realize that anecdote does not equal data. That means that speaking with a few surgeons doesn't replace actual, peer-reviewed research. I am sure that accuracy and integrity are very important to you, as they are to me. The truth is that there are many areas of the country where CRNAs are the only providers - if we were less safe than our physician colleagues, that would very quickly become apparent. I'm afraid that do your readers a disservice by suggesting otherwise.

I would suggest to your readers that they ensure that an appropriately educated anesthesia provider is providing their care when they are discussing the procedure with the surgeon. The anesthesia provider should meet with the patient at some point in the preoperative period and perform a complete preoperative assessment and answer any questions the patient may have.

Thank you for taking the time to reply to our concerns!

May 11, 2011 - 10:55am


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