New neuromuscular blocking drugs

Douglas B. Coursin, Richard C. Prielipp, Michael J. Murray

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Abstract

To the Editor: We congratulate Dr. Hunter (June 22 issue)1 on her timely review. It must be emphasized, however, that neuromuscular blocking drugs should be used only by practitioners who are skilled in airway management and respiratory support, and only after sufficient sedation and analgesia have been provided to patients, since these drugs are intrinsically devoid of any sedative, analgesic, or amnestic properties.2 To Hunter's description of the ideal neuromuscular blocking drug we would add that it should not interact with other drugs. Drugs known to potentiate the action of neuromuscular blockers include inhaled anesthetic agents, antibiotics (especially aminoglycosides), antiarrhythmic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume333
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 26 1995

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