Michael Jackson Care ‘Not Up To Standards,’ Coroner

Michael Jackson was given the equivalent of anesthetic used in a “major surgery” — one that did not live up to medical standards and only seen before in cases where fatal abuse was involved. “The standard of care for administering propofol was not met,” officials wrote in an autopsy report issued by the Los Angeles Country coroner’s office Monday. ‘Recommended equipment for patient monitoring, precision dosing, and resuscitation was not present.” While the report, which also states Jackson died of “acute propofol intoxication,’ parallels the belief that Jackson was using propofol, allegedly administered by Murray, for insomnia relief, one source says this has only been seen before in fatal abuse cases. “The only reports of its use in homes are cases of fatal abuse (first reported in 1992), suicide, murder and accident,” writes Selma Calmes. “The levels of propofol found on [the] toxicology exam are similar to those found during general anesthesia for major surgery (intra-abdominal) with propofol infusions.” In related news, Dr. Conrad Murray has been arraigned on involuntary manslaughter charges and has posted bail (more on that story here….) c: Los Angeles Times


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