Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Petition 21
Petition Information
Petition Title RN circulating in office-based anesthesia
Date Filed 4/18/2005   
Petitioner Robert B. Stroube, M.D., M.P.H. 
Petitioner's Request

Amend regulations for administration of anesthesia in office-based settings to require a registered nurse, qualified by education and experience in perioperative nursing, to be present as the circulating nurse to be present during the procedure.

Agency's Plan

At its meeting on July 14, 2005, the Board decided to extend the comment period on the petition until August 22, 2005. The Board will act on the petition request at its meeting on September 16, 2005.

Comment Period Ended 8/22/2005
Agency Decision Take no action    
Response Date 9/28/2005
Agency Decision Summary

The Board received comment indicating that such a requirement would be very burdensome and costly without sufficient evidence to indicate that it is necessary for patient safety in office-based settings. In addition, the Board has adopted regulations for office-based anesthesia which addressed concerns about safety.