And so my rant continues. As more details emerge regarding Michael Jackson’s untimely and unnecessary demise, (see The Huffington Post, Propofol: Dangerous Anesthesia Drug Found in Jackson’s Home) the hotter I get under the collar. Allegedly an anesthesiologist was “bringing him down every night” during the History Tour back in 1997 with a potent anesthetic because Jackson had a problem falling asleep. Another ethically-challenged physician has struck again.
Diprivan is an anesthetic used to put people in a state of unconsciousness, during surgery ONLY. It is never, never, never used outside of a hospital setting or operating room and requires intense monitoring of patients. Attention all of you wanna-be celebrities out there, please do not get any bright ideas. And if you find a rogue physician who will administer Diprivan to you, then get your affairs in order.
It’s an open secret that very few physicians or nurses will select general anesthesia if confronted with having a surgical procedure. Most of us will choose an epidural or regional anesthesia instead. Anyone who is remotely connected to medicine knows that the most common and deadly complications of a surgical procedure is not the surgery itself, but general anesthesia. Medical school 101. I’ve had three surgical procedures in my life and only once did I require general anesthesia. I argued with the ophthalmologist up until the day before my procedure and then did a background check on the anesthesiologist prior to him putting me to sleep that would have made the FBI proud.
So, here’s the public service announcement: medication in the wrong hands is deadly. When Michael Jackson was put to sleep, he left us to wake up confronting a nightmare.