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A review of the use of propofol for procedural sedation in the emergency department.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16439733     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sedation for short but potentially painful procedures is often undertaken in the emergency department. The ideal sedative regimen should provide analgesia and anxiolysis with minimal side effects and cardiorespiratory depression and rapid recovery post-procedure. Propofol has found increasing popularity with anaesthetists for sedation in the operating theatre. This is a review of the current literature looking at the use of propofol for procedural sedation in the emergency department. A comprehensive literature search of Medline from 1966 to week 4 of 2005, Embase from 1980 to week 10 of 2005, and the Cochrane Library was carried out using the OVID interface. Eight articles were selected for review. The evidence suggests that propofol is both effective and safe to use in the emergency department. However, several of the papers reviewed used deep levels of sedation that are not recommended in the UK by non-anaesthetists.
L Symington; S Thakore
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emergency medicine journal : EMJ     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1472-0213     ISO Abbreviation:  Emerg Med J     Publication Date:  2006 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-27     Completed Date:  2006-03-23     Revised Date:  2013-06-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100963089     Medline TA:  Emerg Med J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  89-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Accident and Emergency Department, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Emergency Service, Hospital*
Emergency Treatment / methods*
Evidence-Based Medicine
Hypnotics and Sedatives / therapeutic use*
Pain / prevention & control
Propofol / therapeutic use*
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hypnotics and Sedatives; 2078-54-8/Propofol

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