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Comment & Response
January 2016

The Safe Use of Propofol

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • 2Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(1):140. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7198

To the Editor In a recent article in JAMA Internal Medicine, Worsham et al1 present a patient who had a delayed extubation in an intensive care unit (ICU) following cardiac catheterization. The disadvantages of mechanical ventilation for times longer than medically indicated and the need for effective communication between caregivers are nicely stated. However, the comment that propofol is considered safe for procedural analgesia and sedation needs clarification in the context of procedures in the ICU.

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