PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
(Dental Quality Assurance Commission)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-817-180 General anesthesia (including deep sedation) -- Education and training requirements.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.32.0365, 18.32.640.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Washington State Association of Nurse Anesthetists has requested a rules amendment to reflect that certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) are fully trained and can legally provide unsupervised general anesthesia (including deep sedation) services. Requiring a dentist to be fully trained in anesthesia services when using a CRNA is unnecessary and discriminatory.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lisa Anderson, Dental Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504-7867, (360) 236-4863, or fax (360) 664-9077.
June 10, 2004
for Gail Zimmerman