Is succinylcholine appropriate or obsolete in the intensive care unit?
SourceCritical Care Medicine, 5, 5, (2001), pp. 245--6
Article / Letter to editor
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Critical Care Medicine
SubjectControl Systems in Anaesthesiology; Sturingssystemen in de anesthesiologie
Muscle relaxants in intensive care unit (ICU) patients are predominantly administered to facilitate intubation. The adverse effect profile of succinylcholine is such that its use in the ICU must be considered obsolete. Suitable alternatives are the intermediately long-acting nondepolarizing relaxants, of which rocuronium is probably preferable.
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