Is this just a regional problem, or are other hospitals having a hard time getting an adequate supply of propofol? Ours is mostly on lockdown and what we have is allocated to the OR. They won't let the ICU doctors order it for ventilated patients because of the shortage. It's been a few months, and it's gotten really tiresome. The fent, versed, ativan, precedex gtts (whatever) just aren't as good. I think that our unplanned extubations have gone up as well.
Jul 21, '10
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I think that our unplanned extubations have gone up as well.
"Unplanned extubations"? I prefer to call them patient-directed spontaneous breathing trials
I agree that the propofol substitutes just don't seem to work as well as the white stuff. You can crank & crank up the drip rates on versed/fentanyl, and still end up with a pt fighting against soft restraints and extubating themselves (usually happening at shift change).
I've not seen Propoven in my ICU. We still have a very limited supply of 100ml Propofol & Diprivan bottles. Not sure if the Propoven is being used in other units. I suspect that it may be, since I helped out with a PEG placement last week, and one of the endo nurses mentioned that the new version of propofol contained peanut oil.
Last edit by CrufflerJJ on Jul 21, '10