Author(s): Muriel C, Santos J, Espinel C
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Abstract Anesthetic characteristics were studied in three homogeneous groups of twenty patients ASA I who underwent intravenous anesthetic induction with propofol 2 mg/kg; thiopental 5 mg/kg; or etomidate 0.3 mg/kg. The unconsciousness time was similar in the three groups, whereas awaking time and time of response and orientation were longer after thiopental and etomidate than after propofol. Intravenous injection of the three anesthetic agents was followed by a decrease in systolic and diastolic arterial pressure. Heart rate increased after thiopental and etomidate and had only slight fluctuations after propofol. After tracheal intubation there was a significant increase in systolic and diastolic arterial pressure and heart rate in thiopental and etomidate group. These changes were minimal after propofol. The highest number of complications occurred after etomidate.
This article was published in Rev Esp Anestesiol Reanim
and referenced in Journal of Anesthesia & Clinical Research