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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Michael Jackson, Dr. Murray, and IV Propofol

More details continue to emerge in the tragic death of Michael Jackson. This from TMZ:

Two days after Jackson's death, Dr. Murray told LAPD detectives he administered Propofol to the singer hours before he died ....We're told Dr. Murray gave Jackson an IV drip of the powerful anesthesia. Police believe Dr. Murray simply wasn't paying attention when the singer's heart stopped beating. Authorities believe Dr. Murray may have actually fallen asleep during the time the drug was administered and may have awakened to find Jackson already dead from heart failure... It is considered reckless in the medical community for a doctor to administer an IV drip of Propofol without the patient being monitored by an EKG, which sounds an alarm when the patient's pulse drops too low. No EKG was found in the house.

If the above claims are true, then the actions by Dr. Murray are horribly reckless. I've commented earlier that Propofol is an extremely powerful sedative, used mainly to induce anesthesia in controlled settings like operating rooms. In these settings it is a very safe drug. To use this medication in a person's house without respiratory and cardiac monitoring, however, blows my mind. Sadly, it is appearing that his death could have been prevented.

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.


JamesB said...

Honestly, it's too hard to believe that your own doctor lead you to death. What seems to be his motive?
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Anonymous said...

This is just so sad to me. I feel as though Dr. Murray has a lot of explaining to do. I was not a big Michael Jackson fan for the past decade, but no one deserves to die like that.

Anonymous said...

I've been reading that Dr. Murray was in debt. He probably took the job with Jackson to rectify his financial problems, and couldn't say 'no' to Jackson's requests else be replaced with a less scrupulous doc. And now, in my opinion, he's going down with an involuntary manslaughter charge and probable conviction. No jury will feel sorry for this man.