Removing physician involvement from anesthesia wrong

February 17, 2019

New Mexicans need to know that the state Legislature is considering a bill, Senate Bill 222, that would allow nurses to administer anesthesia without physician supervision. SB 222 will jeopardize the safety of patients who need anesthesia care in this state. According to a recent survey, the public overwhelmingly wants a physician to administer their anesthesia or respond to an emergency during surgery. And for good reason.

Physician anesthesiologists are highly skilled medical experts and have the education and training to make critical decisions when seconds count. Allowing nurses to administer anesthesia without supervision doesn’t save money. Medicare, Medicaid and most third-party insurers pay the same fees for anesthesia whether it is administered by a nurse anesthetist or physician anesthesiologist.

Physician supervision of anesthesia ensures patients receive safe, high-quality care. They deserve no less. Contact your legislator and stop the state from lowering the standard of care in New Mexico. It provides no benefit and could mean the difference between life and death.

Rafal Proban

Santa Fe

Banning coyote killing

Thanks to Mary Katherine Ray and David Parsons, the authors of the informative My View (“Telling scientific truth about coyotes,” Feb. 10) on coyote-killing contests. I’m also grateful to our new state land commissioner, Stephanie Garcia Richard, for ending these barbaric practices on state trust land. We have more work to do, though. Legislation needs to eliminate this practice across the entire state.

Once the public really understands how harmful these barbaric contests are, I feel it will overwhelmingly support eliminating them. The effects to the ecosystem from wildlife-killing contests are profound. These contests don’t even control “the problem” well — after random slaughter, coyote populations blossom and their behavior changes in ways ranchers may regret. Coyotes normally live in stable family units, but the chaos caused by a massacre can lead to coyotes being more likely to target livestock, where their usual diet is rabbits and rodents. Please support Senate Bill 76, which would eliminate these contests statewide.

Stephanie Nakhleh

Los Alamos

Bang for buck

I always vote yes on bond elections for education, but I have to wonder what the expected outcomes of the coming bond issue are (“Digital learning coaches help kids, teachers with tech,” Feb. 10). I know they want to buy a lot of technology (including computers for all students, whether or not they already have them) — but what are the measurable outcomes expected? Also, why doesn’t the school board report on the outcomes of the previous bond issues? Not the outputs (they bought X amount of equipment), but the measurable outcomes (doing X or purchasing Y resulted in Z). This should be standard policy before asking for more funds.

N.M. Pyne

Santa Fe

At the heart

Students are at the heart of the Education Technology Note mail-in ballot, with nearly half of funding providing computer access for all Santa Fe Public School learners (School tax vote will be first local election by mail,” Jan. 28). The ETN renews $11 million in funding for the Santa Fe Public Schools and Santa Fe County’s charter schools: 45 percent for SFPS funds high-quality learning devices for all students; 17 percent provides teachers with cutting-edge professional development and training; 15 percent refreshes technology so that it’s the best it can be; 13 percent ensures that our digital learning coaches, who are technology specialists, integrate technology in all schools; and 10 percent funds technical support.

The best gauge of the ETN’s success is our students: 86 percent of SFPS students, whose opinion is continuously sought, say that they are better prepared technologically. We commit to solid stewardship and transparency in the use of your tax dollars. We thank you in advance for your participation in this critical election.

Tom Ryan

chief information and strategy officer

Santa Fe Public Schools

Santa Fe

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