Recently FANA has become aware that some confusion exists on the issue of supervision of Anesthesia Assistants (AAs). There have been no changes to the statutory language as noted below. If you encounter discrepancies in this regard, you may file a complaint to the Florida Dept. of Health.
Section 458.3475(1)(g), Fla. Statutes:
“Direct supervision” means the onsite, personal supervision by an anesthesiologist who is present in the office when the procedure is being performed in that office, or is present in the surgical or obstetrical suite when the procedure is being performed in that surgical or obstetrical suite and who is in all instances immediately available to provide assistance and direction to the anesthesiologist assistant while anesthesia services are being (g) performed.
A complaint may be filed against a licensed health care practitioner at the DOH website:
The phone number for the DOH complaint office is: 850/245-4339.
Founded in 1936, the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists (FANA) represents 3,500 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) licensed in Florida. FANA advocates for our patients and members in legislative and governmental affairs and serves as a resource for CRNAs, the nursing and medical professions, hospitals, health care facilities and others interested in anesthesia care.
CRNAs provide comprehensive anesthesia care to patients before, during and after surgical and obstetrical procedures and are the primary anesthesia professionals in rural and medically underserved areas. CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is administered including traditional hospital surgical and obstetrical suites, interventional pain management, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. CRNAs also practice in the offices of dentists, ophthalmologists and plastic surgeons.