• Mitch Keamy Photo Mitch Keamy is an anesthesiologist in Las Vegas Nevada Andy Kofke Photo Andy Kofke is a Professor of Neuro-anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennslvania Mike O'Connor Mike O'Connor is Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Chicago Rob Dean Photo Rob Dean is a cardiac anesthesiologist in Grand Rapids Michigan, with extensive experience in O.R. administration.

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Michael Loomis

I've had a similar conversation with a few neighbors who were very quick to point out that "should something go wrong on my plane, it's 300 lives, including my own that come in peril!" To that I responded he had protection from liability. He's never faced a plaintiff's attorney! Luckily either have I. Or perhaps it's the same attention to detail that have kept both of us out of trouble, and kept our "patients" satisfied.

Jimmy J

Great article. I'm an airline pilot with in excess of 20,000 hours of flying time and I have had exactly 2 emergencies during the past 30 years; neither was a big deal. One thing bothers me about anesthesia: the patient often has little or no choice as to their anesthesia provider. In the past, I always had an anesthesiologist do the few surgeries that I needed; years later this became a nurse anesthetist supervised by an MD, and now I'm told that the nurse anesthetists are demanding parity with anessthesiologists along with the right to work without supervision. This is unsafe. Sure, we do flight training during commercial operations, but a qualified pilot is always at the full dual controls and ready to take over in seconds. I don't see this when one anesthesiologist supervises multiple CRNA; and now I see that even this minimal supervision may disappear.

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