Medical research British vet[erinarian] wins top research award for breakthrough anaesthetic [propofol] Note: Propofol is a short-acting medication that results in a decreased level of consciousness and lack of memory for events. It is marketed as Diprivan among others and is one of the most widely used anaesthetics in the world. Its uses include the starting and maintenance of general anesthesia, sedation for mechanically ventilated adults, and various procedural sedations.