Dr. Kain discusses proper use of anesthesia drugs

October 01, 2011

IN THE NEWS: CNN interviewed Dr. Zeev Kain, professor with UC Irvine’s Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care, about the proper use of the drug propofol. The interview is part of CNN’s coverage of the criminal trial of Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, whose use of powerful anesthesia drugs is alleged to have caused the singer’s death.

Kain emphasized that drugs like propofol should only be administered in a hospital setting by someone trained to monitor their effects on patients. They should only be used “when you want to medically induce a coma or sedation in a hospital. You have to monitor somebody’s blood pressure, heart rate, how well they are breathing. You have to monitor their oxygen level. That’s the bottom line,” Kain said.

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