A shortage of anesthesiologists at Denver’s veterans hospital – despite salary offers reaching as high as $400,000 a year – has forced a delay in dozens of surgeries just months after the institution was tagged with some of the nation’s worst waiting lists for care.

Though the hospital employs eight anesthesiologists and eight nurse anesthetists, they’re short of the complement needed to meet surgery demands that run about 380 operations a month, a spokeswoman said, noting some staff has left for other jobs as well as taken paternity and maternity leaves.

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“Currently we have had approximately 65 to 90 nonemergent surgeries rescheduled or postponed due to a shortage of anesthesiology staff,” VA spokeswoman Kristen Schabert said. She offered no examples.

VA data show the average wait time for new-patient surgical appointments at the seven facilities that make up the Eastern Colorado Health Care System during the 2017 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 is about 21.6 days, which is slightly …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Business

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