The adverse events rate is low when Propofol is administered by a trained professional such as a CRNA. In a recent article published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, a study was performed with patients undergoing a variety of endoscopic procedures with sedative dosing administered by a CRNA. This article stated, “… this is the first paper to report the frequency of airway modification associated with the use of propofol in endoscopy.” The article continued to highlight the importance and need for trained personnel, such as CRNA’s, to monitor patients during sedation with propofol. The conclusion by Sreenivasa Jonnalagadda M.D., the lead author of the article, confirmed ” … Highest-risk patients should be managed by nurse anesthetists trained in advanced airway interventions…” . For further reference and information please see the April 2010 Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journal.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a statement that it no longer requires physician supervision of CRNA’s providing labor analgesia or moderate sedation in hospitals participating in Medicare. Along with this announcement was an additional statement that Medicare requires, during deep sedation with propofol, the involvement of an anesthesia provider such as a CRNA. This revision was to “ensure high quality, safe, and effective care provided by CRNA’s throughout the United States” as stated by James Walker president of AANA. In the article from the January AANA Journal, specific reference is made to the example of “deep sedation” for colonoscopy screening. It goes on to state most propofol use in this area is used to decrease patient movement and improve visualization in this invasive procedure. It continues, the reason that anesthesia personnel are needed is the potential for inadvertent progression to general anesthesia. Thus, the need for a highly qualified individual trained in anesthesia is a must. You can read more through the AANA website here, but you must register first. Additional resources on this topic can be found below: America Society of Anesthesiologists – Revised Interpretive guidelines Outpatient Surgery Magazine – CMS Substantially Alters Guidelines for Hospital Anesthesia Services Medical Society of Virginia – CMS revises interpretive guidelines for anesthesia services in hospitals The Health Law Partners – Anesthesia Guidelines Clarified: CMS Issues Transmittal on May 21, 2010
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