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SIS Opposes South Dakota Bill Authorizing CRNAs To Perform Spine Interventions

Wednesday, January 29, 2020  

The South Dakota legislature is considering a bill that authorizes certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to perform interventional pain procedures and medically manage pain without physician supervision, putting patients at risk of avoidable complications and poor outcomes. The Spine Intervention Society submitted comments on January 28, 2020, highlighting prerequisite training requirements critical to the safe performance of interventional spine procedures.

The bill is moving quickly through the legislature. If you live in South Dakota, contact your state representative today and Kevin Jensen, Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, and voice your opposition to SB 50.

Key Points:

  • CRNAs are valuable members of the healthcare team; however, CRNA training does not provide the expertise required to perform interventional spine procedures and medically manage pain without supervision.

  • Physicians in key specialties receive extensive training to prevent, immediately recognize, and appropriately handle serious complications that can occur with these procedures.

  • Ensuring that individuals who perform these procedures have obtained requisite training protects patients from avoidable complications and poor outcomes.

Not in South Dakota, but aware of similar efforts in your state? Contact SIS at for assistance.

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