Dr. Matthew Sherrer | The Infinite Game: Changing an Adversarial Mindset in Anesthesia and Beyond

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Anesthesia in the US is commonly delivered by physician anesthesiologists who medically direct certified registered nurse anesthetists in a collaborative care team model. However, in over 20 states, there is no requirement for nurse anesthetists to be medically directed, allowing them to work independently. This has resulted in a bitter turf war over the rights and responsibilities of physicians and advanced practice nurses, leading to a toxic working environment. This mindset can be compared with a ‘finite game’, where there are clear winners and losers. Unfortunately, the patient is the ultimate loser. Read More


Summary of the paper ‘The Infinite Game: One Possible Future of Anesthesia in the United States’, in Anesthesia & Analgesia, https://doi.org/10.1213/ANE.0000000000006628


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