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July 18, 2016

  1. This is the last week to respond to the Veterans Affairs proposal to eliminate physician-led anesthesia care. Specifically the VA Office of Nursing Services has proposed a new policy to expand the role of advanced practice nurses, including nurse anesthetists, in the VA system. This new Nursing Handbook policy would make it mandatory for these nurses to practice independently. Physician anesthesiologists wouldn’t be needed at all, according to this proposal, even in the most complicated cases — such as open-heart surgery.

    If this misguided policy goes into effect, the standard of care in VA hospitals will be poor, and very different from the standard of care other patients can expect. In all 100 of the top hospitals ranked by US News & World Report, physician anesthesiologists lead anesthesia care, most often in a team model with residents and/or nurses.

    The new policy isn’t a done deal yet.The proposal is open for comment in the Federal Register until next Monday, July 25. Already thousands of veterans, their families, and many other concerned citizens, including most anesthesiologists, have visited the website and submitted strongly worded comments in opposition. If you have not yet done so, please join them. And have your friends and family members respond too. Responses are counted, and the overall number affects the policy.

    We have had a good response from WVSSA members, but some still need to respond. It is most easily done by visiting,

  2. The Greenbrier grounds and golf course were damaged by the recent floods in southern West Virginia. The hotel itself was not damaged, and our annual WVSSA education and business meeting is still scheduled for August 27 and 28. Room reservations are tight, but can be made. One strategy is to book a room at a Lewisburg motel and get on the Greenbrier stand-by list. Most people should get rooms. At the end of this newsletter is our educational program. The meeting and cme credits are free for all WVSSA members.
  3. The WVSSA will hold a reception for all members and their guests on Saturday evening during the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting in Chicago. The reception is scheduled for the New Orleans room at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Saturday, October 25, 7-9pm.

WVSSA officers are glad to hear from members, and help whenever they can.

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ASA Delegates

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ASA Res Delg
ASA Director
ASA Alt Dir
Legislative [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Seth Crislip, MD (
Matt Ellison, MD (
Michael Panger, MD
Robert Johnstone, MD (
Brian Grose, MD
Alex Skaff, MD
Brian Grose, MD
Matt Ellison, MD
Chad Sizemore, MD
John Bozek, MD
Robert Johnstone, MD
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Robert Johnstone, MD, Newsletter Editor

Educational Program















11:30-Noon     [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Introductions

Robert Johnstone, MD

Anaphylaxis and Anaphylactoid Reactions: Myths, Truths,
and Treatment Recommendations
Rob Isaak, DO

Prevent Eye Injuries and Blindness during Anesthesia
Brian Grose, MD

ASA Update
John Dombrowski, MD


Labor Analgesia: Getting the most out of your Neuraxial Block
Manuel Vallejo, MD

Enhanced Recovery after Surgery: A Clinical Pathway and Multidisciplinary Quality Improvement Collaborative
Rob Isaak, DO

Improve anesthesiologist performance with feedback of
comparative data
Chad Sizemore, MD

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Educational Objectives. Following this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize anaphylaxis in the OR and how to treat it
  2. Understand how to prevent eye injuries in the OR
  3. Recognize the advantages of organized anesthesiology
  4. Improve success rates of labor epidurals
  5. Establish a program to improve patient outcomes from surgery
  6. Learn to use comparative data to improve clinician performance

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