The Veterans Health Administration Anesthesia Service was created in 1994 to provide consultation and guidance in the form of policy and procedure for anesthesiology services and sections throughout VHA's medical centers. Additionally, the Anesthesia Service provides consultation to VHA Medical-Surgical Services Chief Consultant on all matters regarding the practice of anesthesia. Anesthesia Service respects the necessity for local services and sections to create policies and procedures pertinent to their individual practice settings, while conforming to national policies.
One of the main initiatives of the National Program Office is the Nurse Anesthetist Education Program. This program offers VA Employees the ability to become a Nurse Anesthetist. Additional details can be found on the Nurse Anesthetist Education page.
VHA Handbook 1123, Anesthesia Service, includes as an Allied Health Professional the profession of Anesthesiologist Assistant. To aid facilities, a Position Description and a Human Resources Management Letter (Qualification Guideline) are provided.