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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 9, 2017 01:08 PM
From: Representative Jim Christiana
To: All House members
Subject: Administration of Anesthesia

In the near future I will introduce legislation (former HB 1277) that will put the Department of Health regulation requiring physician supervision of the administration of anesthesia into statute. This regulation has been guaranteeing patient safety in the operating rooms of Pennsylvania’s hospitals for over 30 years and it is now time to codify it.

Pennsylvania has an outstanding record of patient safety concerning the administration of anesthesia. In just the last 20 years, the mortality rate of anesthesia related deaths has gone from 1 in 25,000 to 1 in 300,000! We need to ensure that this record of excellence continues.

Again, my legislation will not, in any way, change current law. The Department of Health has jurisdiction under the Healthcare Facilities Act to regulate all activities of healthcare providers in a hospital setting. The DOH regulations currently require that a physician supervise the administration of anesthesia. My legislation will ensure that this continues.

Introduced as HB789