Court: NJ Nurse Anesthetists Must be Supervised by Anesthesiologists

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The Superior Court of New Jersey ruled against the New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and held up a state requirement that anesthesiologists must be present when nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia in hospitals, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

The New Jersey Department of Health requires anesthesiologists be physically present during patient induction, emergence and critical change in status when nurse anesthetists administer general or major regional anesthesia, the ASA reported.

The ANA argued the Department of Health was overstepping its authority, but the court disagreed for several reasons. The court referenced a previous case, which established the administration of anesthesia as the practice of medicine and also made note of the differences in education and training of nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists.

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