Pass me that scalpel, instrumentalist

Shilts, Elizabeth
August 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/28/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 5, p445
Academic Journal
The article presents information on reforms related to the creation of new positions called "instrumentalist" in the operating rooms of hospitals in Canada. According to Gaétan Barrette, president of the Federation of Medical Specialists of Quebec, the health care system must look into new staffing and procedural solutions to move more patients through operating rooms to reduce the waiting times of surgery. He suggested that nurses should not be doing this work as they should be with the patients who need them more. He also said that instrumentalists do not require any medical training. However, the Canadian Nurses Association is concerned about accountability as such instrumentalists will not be covered under any professional laws or regulations.


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