FOLLOWING COLONOSCOPY WITH ANESTHESIA ASSISTANCE
JAMA Intern Med 2013; March published ahead of print Cooper GS, Kou TD, Rex DK
Background Historically, sedation for colonoscopy has been performed with intermittent injection of midazolam and fentanyl. In recent years, propofol has become more commonly used. Propofol is well suited to sedation for colonoscopy because of its rapid onset, fast recovery, and high satisfaction for both patients and endoscopists. But propofol has a narrow margin of safety for loss of airway reflexes and apnea. Because of this, propofol is commonly administered by an anesthesia provider.READ MORE
Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate whether or not complications during colonoscopy were more frequent when deep propofol sedation was used vs. limited sedation.