Printed letters, October 15, 2010

Nurse anesthetists

do fine unsupervised

Colorado statute has established that certified registered nurse anesthetists are allowed to provide anesthesia without a physician’s supervision. We are considered licensed independent practitioners. This decision was supported by the Colorado Medical Board, the Colorado Board of Nursing, and the state attorney general’s office.

Gov. Bill Ritter’s recent decision to opt out of the federal rule for Medicare and Medicaid services to 29 Critical Access Hospitals in Colorado supports the statute, which was already in place. Ritter’s decision was supported and recommended by the Colorado Medical Board, the Colorado Board of Nursing, and the Nurse Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health Care.

The opt-out decision means that these 29 hospitals, many located in rural areas of the state, can be reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid for anesthesia services provided by CRNAs practicing alone.

“Patient safety is and must always be one of our highest priorities,” Ritter said. “This decision upholds that core value while giving rural hospitals the flexibility they need to provide their rural patients with access to high quality health care.”

Recent studies have supported the quality and cost effectiveness of CRNAs practicing without physician supervision — the first, by Dr. Michael Pine, the second by the Research Institute Triangle, and finally a study by the Lewin Group. The conclusions all showed there was no evidence of increased deaths or complications in patients being cared for by CRNAs alone or anesthesiologists alone.

There are two CRNAs currently working in Grand Junction. We have been providing safe and excellent anesthesia care, both in the private and government sectors, for many years without physician supervision.


Grand Junction

Congress stiffs seniors but protects itself

Once more, those in power have shown their disdain for the people by saying no cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security for the second year. At the same time, they said they deserved a cost of living raise in 2009. They probably will say the same in 2011.

More reasons to clean house in November.


Grand Junction

Peacock references are insulting, inappropriate

Last month at the Club 20 debate between Rep. Steve King and Claudette Konola for the Senate District 7 seat, Konola made a sarcastic remark comparing King to a peacock.

Most recently, her campaign commercial shows at the end, a picture of a peacock with a “no” slash through it. It was insulting when she made the comment. Now, to add insult to injury, she has chosen to include it in her campaign advertisement.

This is a sexist and juvenile comment that should be further questioned by The Daily Sentinel and the constituents of Senate District 7. Women have not fought for decades for equality to have a comment like this go unchallenged.

If the roles had been reversed, if Steve King had said something similar about his opponent, people would have asked for his resignation. If a comment like that, directed toward a woman is wrong, then this equally inappropriate statement is clearly wrong.

Konola should know that this behavior does not demonstrate the professionalism we expect from a candidate running to represent our district in the state Legislature.


Benefits of Boy Scouts can last a lifetime

I am going to tell you a little about Boy Scouts. I am in the Scouts. My troop is Troop 303. We do fun things like go camping, bike riding and more. We sell Christmas trees that pay mostly for the Scout camps we go to.

Scouting is important because it can teach you stuff and it is a good program for us kids, all the way up until you are 18.

When you are 18, you can’t earn any more merit badges, but you can still participate as a troop leader. Scouting is really a life-long activity.


Grand Junction


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