Sunday, August 31, 2014

Joan Rivers Sedated?

I got an email from a fellow Versed sufferer and she correctly says that there was only one news source that reports that Joan Rivers was "sedated" for her exam.  I have read many reports as well, and my friend is right.  Nobody else is saying anything at all about sedation.  I have read about general anesthesia which is overkill for this kind of exam.  I can't imagine medical personnel doing a general on an elderly lady for an endoscopy.  Too bad the news can't give us an actual REPORT on what happened to our beloved comedienne.  It might save somebody else the same fate.

I grabbed this quote from the NCBI page entitled "Laparoscopy and Endoscopy: Sedation, Analgesia, and Monitoring"

Agents Used for Sedation and Analgesia

Ideal drugs for endoscopic sedation have a rapid onset and short duration of action, maintain hemodynamic stability, and do not cause major side effects. Commonly used agents include opiates, such as meperidine or fentanyl, benzodiazepines, such as midazolam or diazepam, or a hypnotic, such as propofol. The choice among these agents is a matter of personal preference, but typically consists of a benzodiazepine administered alone or in combination with an opiate.
"...typically consists of a benzodiazepine administered alone..."  Want to guess which benzo they use?  That's right it's the damn Versed again.  
All around the web I find the same silence about which drug was used on Joan.  I can't even find information about whether she was given general anesthetic instead of simply amnesia via "sedation."  I guess that for once, HIPPA laws are being followed.  Or are the powers that be exerting their influence upon the media and deliberately hiding the fact that it was Versed which caused the problems for Joan?  After all, Versed is the most favored drug for anything and everything.  Mustn't alarm patients about the amnesia drug.  Can't tell them that this drug has killed a bunch of children in dentist's offices and patients across a broad spectrum have had dire consequences from Versed.  Nope, Versed is just too convenient for the medical field for them to reveal what is happening vis a vis its use.  So we are left to try to read between the lines...  I think it was Versed that was involved in Joan's problem.  Just my opinion.  Read up on the severe side effects of this wonder drug... 

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