Propofol-Don’t Overlook This Drug

By Kim New, JD, BSN, RN

Propofol is a hypnotic/amnestic agent widely used in procedural and intensive care settings.  While not a federally controlled medication, propofol has known abuse potential and consequently has been scheduled in some states.

Regardless of what controls are required or are in place, propofol abuse by healthcare personnel is on the rise. It is an extremely dangerous drug and its diversion and misuse can pose a substantial risk to staff, patients and the community.  There is a high mortality rate among staff who abuse propofol.  Members of the community have been harmed by staff that diverted propofol and drove a vehicle under its influence.

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Propofol-Don’t Overlook This Drug

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