Optical detection of the anesthetic agent propofol in the gas phase.
The anesthetic agent propofol (2,6-diisopropylphenol) is the most widely used intravenously administered drug in general anesthesia. However, a viable online capability to monitor metabolized levels of propofol in patients does not currently exist. Here we show for the first time that optical spectroscopy has good potential to detect metabolized propofol from patients' exhaled breath. We present quantitative absorption measurements of gas phase propofol both in the ultraviolet and middle-infr...Expand abstract
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