Music fans in Massachusetts may know that a doctor has stated that Michael Jackson asked for the drug propofol to help him seep at least a decade before he died from an overdose. The doctor refused to give him the drug, noting that to do so would be anesthesia negligence, as sleep attained under propofol is not proper rest. Jackson countered by saying that the sleep he received while using propofol was the best sleep that he had ever had.
The singer died in 2009 from an overdose of propofol administered in his bedroom by his personal physician who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The doctor gave Jackson anesthesia for dental procedures performed on him but did not give him propofol anytime afterward.
In addition, a nurse-practitioner has also testified that Jackson asked her to administer propofol to him in 2009, several months before his death, to help him sleep. The woman warned him that the anesthetic was not safe and that he might not wake up. A third medical expert said that Jackson was doctor-shopping for someone who would prescribe opiates to him. The scenario surrounding the famous singer indicates that, while most medical professionals will not willingly participate in anesthesia negligence, the possibility for administering an incorrect drug for a condition does exist.
Administering the wrong type of drug for a medical condition can occur regularly for months or even years before a medical injury or death takes place. Massachusetts medical malpractice lawyers may be able to help victims or their families seek compensation for injuries and further medical treatments for incidents that occur through improper medication administration.
Source: CBS News, “Michael Jackson requested propofol long before death, says doctor”, The Associated Press, August 29, 2013