Features  |   December 2015
What Can American Anesthesiologists Learn From European Anesthesiologists?
Author Affiliations
  • Stefan De Hert, M.D., Ph.D.
    Scientific Committee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology
    Past Chair
  • Marc Samama, M.D., Ph.D., FCCP
    Scientific Committee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology
    Chair
Article Information
Coagulation and Transfusion / Critical Care / Education / CPD / Hematologic System / Quality Improvement / Features
Features   |   December 2015
What Can American Anesthesiologists Learn From European Anesthesiologists?
ASA Monitor 12 2015, Vol.79, 14-16.
ASA Monitor 12 2015, Vol.79, 14-16.
Over the years, we all have had the privilege of working and collaborating with many physician anesthesiologists in the United States, Europe and various other countries. In Europe, anesthesiology is a physician-focused practice and nurses function in different supporting roles; in some countries, nurse anesthesia does not exist. The United States’ use of a variety of advanced practice providers, including nurse anesthetists and physicians assistants, is the exception rather than the rule in most European systems. This, from a management perspective and political perspective, is an important major difference in Europe compared to the U.S. Non-physician anesthesiology providers were developed earlier in our clinical history to provide coverage.
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