Metzgar Working to Establish Programs in Anesthetics at Confederate
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14-A Wednesday, August 27, 1975 THE SHREVEPORT TIMES Metzgar Working to Establish Programs in Anesthetics at Confederate By Elaine King Times Medical Writer Dr. Marshall T. Metzgar, chief of Confederate Memorial Medical Center's department of anesthesiology, is working to establish pro-grams in anesthetics for nurses and physicians at Con-federate. Both programs are badly needed in the area, he told Confederate's advisory board at its meeting last night. At CMMC, for example, general anesthesia is oot be-ing used for deliveries of newborns, he told the board, except for deliveries by caesarian section Local anesthesia is used instead. Dr. Metzgar said that in some areas use of a general anesthetic for delivery is widely accepted, whjle in other areas the common prac-tice is to use local anesthetics. One of the programs that he described would be for nurse anesthesists and the other would be a residency training program in anesthesiology for physicians. An anesthetist, he told the board, refers to the nurse who administers anesthesia, while anesthesiologist is a physician who has s t u d i e d anesthesiology. "We are badly in need of nurse anesthetists in this area," Dr. Metzgar said. "Even hospitals in Shreveport are crying for nurse anesthetists." There are programs for nurse anesthetists in Dallas and Houston, Tex., Little Rock, Ark., and New Orleans, he said. To be accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anethetists a nurse anesthetist must head the program. For the program here, Dr. Metzgar said he would want two nurse anesthetists for instructors, also a requirement. Total cost to launch the pro-gram at CMMC would be about $60,000, he estimated. Hospital Director Robert C. Hall said the amount will be included in the hospital's budget request for the coming fiscal year. After funding, however, it would be six to nine months before the program could begin and the enrollment would be limited to no more than three for the first year, with possible expansion later, according to Dr. Metzgar. The residency training pro-gram for physicians has been funded, Dr. Metzgar said, and would be housed at Con-federate and the Veterans Ad-ministration Hospital, both teaching hospitals for Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. To start the program there must be at least two M.D. anesthesiologists, he said. So far Dr. Metzgar has been un-able to recruit another physi-cian for the program. "Hopefully we can nave that part of the program started by next year," he told the board. Nurses and nurse-related subjects came up several times during the board's meeting. The board voted to request the state board which handles tests for nursing certification to conduct the three-day tests in Shreveport. They are con-ducted in New Orleans. The board also heard Hall's report which included a pro-gress report on the new Cooper Road satellite clinic which will treat CMMC out-patients in an office being set up in the David Raines Center. Caddo Parish is providing the space for the clinic, ac-cording to board member Gregory Tarver. No opening date has been set, Hall said, but equipment has been ordered for the facility. The clinic will have medical laboratory facilities for tests, although the facilities will not be as sophisticated as in the hospital, Hall said. There will be a full-time physician staffing the clinic, he said. Hall also told the board that approval has been gained to hire a full-time equal employ-ment opportunity coordinator for the hospital. The board was also asked to consider whether it will support a suggested fund-raising drive "for several hundred thousand dollars" to be used to build a chapel-volunteer area at the hospital. The funds would be collect-ed from private donations, Board Chairman Anna Laura Wilder said, and has been suggested by Mrs. Boggs Creamer, head of volunteer services, and Chaplain J. A. S. Fisher. No action on the request was taken.
|Title||Metzgar Working to Establish Programs in Anesthetics at Confederate|
King, Elaine T.
Metzgar, Marshall T.
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