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The Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists

Founded in 1948, WSSA was formed to advance the science and art of anesthesiology, and to stimulate interest and promote progress in that specialty. It is a Washington State non-profit corporation and is a component society of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. If you'd like to join WSSA, learn more about becoming a member through ASA.

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Governor Inslee Signs Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants Bill

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5184, which authorizes certified anesthesiologist assistant (CAA) licensure in the state. The law, which is the first to introduce the role of CAAs to the Pacific Northwest, will be effective in June 2024. “Gov. Inslee’s action will help Washington ensure there are enough anesthesia health care professionals to keep up with the growing demand for anesthesia services, while ensuring optimal patient safety under the Anesthesia Care Team model of care,” said WSSA President Timothy Clement, M.D. “We’d like to express our gratitude to members of the state legislature who worked tirelessly with WSSA to help advance this bill.”

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• The American Society of Anesthesiologists released a statement regarding the use of ketamine for non-medical purposes. Read ASA's Statement >
• Faces Behind Masks provides medical staff with stickers of their face that can be worn on their protective gear. Learn More >

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