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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 13, 2021 02:44 PM
From: Senator Mario M. Scavello
To: All Senate members
Subject: Administration of Anesthesia
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would put into statute the Department of Health regulation that currently requires a physician to supervise the administration of anesthesia.

Currently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has jurisdiction under the Healthcare Facilities Act to regulate all activities of healthcare providers in a hospital setting.

My legislation will not change current law, but rather, help us continue our Commonwealth’s outstanding record of patient safety concerning the administration of anesthesia. For the past two decades, the mortality rate of anesthesia-related deaths has gone from 1 in 25,000 to 1 in 300,000.

I believe that we should continue to ensure patient safety in the operating rooms of our hospitals.

The legislation will be similar to Senate Bill 697 of 2019-20 Legislative Session which was cosponsored by myself and the following Senators: KILLION, REGAN, DINNIMAN, FONTANA, MARTIN and MENSCH.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.  If you have any questions regarding this legislation, contact Christine Zubeck in my office at 717-787-6123 or czubeck@pasen.gov.  Thank you for your consideration.