Navigation Links Presents Content on Policies and Conditions Regarding Alternative Methods for the Administration of Propofol

OAK BROOK, Ill., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --, a web site for practicing gastroenterologists, gastroenterology nurses and gastroenterology fellows, announces enhanced site content addressing policies and conditions related to Non-anesthesiologist Administered Propofol (NAAP).

NAAP describes the administration of propofol by a registered nurse under the direction of a physician, or by a physician or nurse other than an anesthesia professional. Propofol represents an option for patients undergoing sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy as, when optimally administered, it may offer more rapid cognitive and functional recovery.

To date, two models have emerged for use of propofol by non-anesthesiologists during endoscopic sedation: nurse-administered propofol sedation (NAPS) and gastroenterologist-directed propofol. Currently, propofol is off-label for use by non-anesthesiologists, which has raised safety and liability questions for nurses, gastroenterologists and facilities.

The article on the SedationFacts web site provides an overview of current positions as well as policies and conditions under which non-anesthesiology physicians and registered nurses administer propofol, including NAPS and gastroenterologist-directed propofol.

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Because regulations governing sedation administration by nursing personnel vary from state to state, it is important for nurses and physicians to understand state licensure, state nurse practice acts, and individual institutional policies (See State Regulations).

About represents a joint initiative of four Gastroenterology physician and nurse associations. Leading Gastroenterology physicians and nurses representing these four associations serve as content reviewers and contributors to the SedationFacts web site:

  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) -- The ASGE serves as program director for SedationFacts, and members of the ASGE chair the executive and content committees.
  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute -- The AGA chairs the site promotion committee and has members on the executive and content committees.
  • Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) -- The SGNA has members on the executive, content and site promotion committees.
  • The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) -- The ACG has members on the executive, content and site promotion committees.

As the field of endoscopic sedation experiences rapid change, the SedationFacts web site offers practicing gastroenterologists, gastroenterology nurses and gastroenterology fellows a comprehensive resource for current, objective, evidence-based information concerning endoscopic sedation. is funded by an educational grant from Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

For more information, visit

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Founded in 1941, the mission of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is to be the leader in advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with nearly 11,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit and for more information.

About the AGA Institute

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) is dedicated to the mission of advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology. Founded in 1897, the AGA is one of the oldest medical-specialty societies in the U.S. Comprised of two non-profit organizations -- the AGA and the AGA Institute -- our more than 16,000 members include physicians and scientists who research, diagnose and treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. The AGA, a 501(c6) organization, administers all membership and public policy activities, while the AGA Institute, a 501(c3) organization, runs the organization's practice, research and educational programs. On a monthly basis, the AGA Institute publishes two highly respected journals, Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. For more information, visit

About the American College of Gastroenterology

Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an international membership of more than 10,000 individuals from 80 countries. The College is committed to serving the clinically oriented digestive disease specialist through its emphasis on scholarly practice, teaching and research. The mission of the College is to serve the evolving needs of physicians in the delivery of high quality, scientifically sound, humanistic, ethical, and cost-effective health care to gastroenterology patients. For more information, visit

About the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates

The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) is a professional organization of more than 8,500 nurses and associates dedicated to the safe and effective practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing. SGNA carries out its mission by advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing through education, research, advocacy, and collaboration, and by promoting the professional development of its members in an atmosphere of mutual support. For more information, visit

    Media Contacts:

    Anne Brownsey                          Aimee Frank
    American Society for                   AGA Institute
    Gastrointestinal Endoscopy             (301) 941-2620
    (630) 570-5635               

    Anne-Louise Oliphant                   Jennifer Kasowicz
    American College of Gastroenterology   Society of Gastroenterology
    (301) 263-9000                         Nurses and Associates                   (312) 673-4970

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