The Use of Neuromuscular Blocking Agents in the ICU

Steven B. Greenberg, Jeffery Vender
2013 Critical Care Medicine  
Intensivists use neuromuscular blocking agents for a variety of clinical conditions, including for emergency intubation, acute respiratory distress syndrome, status asthmaticus, elevated intracranial pressure, elevated intra-abdominal pressure, and therapeutic hypothermia after ventricular fibrillation-associated cardiac arrest. The continued creation and use of evidence-based guidelines and protocols could ensure that neuromuscular blocking agents are used and monitored appropriately. A
more » ... opriately. A collaborative multidisciplinary approach coupled with constant review of the pharmacology, dosing, drug interactions, and monitoring techniques may reduce the adverse events associated with the use of neuromuscular blocking agents. (Crit Care Med 2013; 41:1332-1344
doi:10.1097/ccm.0b013e31828ce07c pmid:23591211 fatcat:5vv6mhhqvvambfqbop7uqvketu