Monday, May 10, 2010

Anesthesiologists: Lethal Injection Lethal for your Career

Very significant ethical decision by the American Board of Anesthesiologists - they have decided to revoke board certification for any anesthesiologist who participates in lethal injections.

The AMA has long opposed physician involvement in state executions, but no specialty in medicine has taken the step of revoking certification for physician members who participate in state executions. 

This is a really big deal, a strong statement by a large specialty group to separate physicians from state executions.  It also puts pressure on other healthcare professionals, like nurse practitioners and physician assistants who sometimes participate in state executions. 

It will be interesting to see if other medical specialties follow suit...

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