Court: Unsupervised nurses can give anesthetics

(SFGate.com) The California Supreme Court has refused to bar specially trained nurses from giving anesthetics to hospital patients in California without a doctor’s supervision.

The court’s order, issued last week, ends a legal battle between an alliance of nurses and hospitals, on one side, and California physicians, who were joined on the other side by the American Medical Association and doctors’ organizations in other states.

The order will have its greatest impact in rural areas, where nurses commonly administer anesthesia in hospitals, under a doctor’s orders but without in-person supervision. [Read more...]

California court rules nurses can give anesthetics

(SFgate.com) 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. [Read more...]