Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Why Only Trained Anesthesia Physicians should Administer Propofol?
Propofol has many advantages as a sedative and anesthetic over other agents. It has a very rapid onset and an equally quick recovery time. Once the procedure is over, patients can almost immediately return to their regular activities with no down time to recover from the anesthetic. Unlike opioids, it does not cause nausea or vomiting. It is also thought by some to be extremely safe-so safe that anyone can administer it without special training. Safe? The belief that propofol is safe and can be administered by anyone has led to some serious adverse events. If used incorrectly by personnel not specially trained in anesthesia, propofol can lead to respiratory arrest and even death.