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Michael Jackson, Propofol and Safety

Posted Jul 01 2009 12:00am

With the news that Michael Jackson may have had Propofol (trade name Diprovan) administered in his home, the unusual gets even more so. Propofol is used commonly in outpatient plastic surgery and when used in a properly equipped operating room by a trained anesthesiologist it is quite safe.

It is very potent however and is absolutely not for home use. One of the first cases I reviewed for the California Medical Board years ago involved the improper use of Propofol by a nurse in a doctor’s office operating room. The staff were not properly trained and the operating room did not have the proper equipment.

The point is that this drug is safe but only when given in the right environment by the right people. It is used daily in most outpatient surgery centers in the US. Unlike alternative drugs people awaken from anesthesia quickly and without much nausea.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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