Neuromuscular Blockade – Part 1
This is a physiological condition induced by anesthesiologists and critical care physicians when it is desirable to have the patient paralyzed or in the medical vernacular “completely relaxed.”
There are several drugs that are used to effect neuromuscular blockade. The characteristics of an ideal neuromuscular blocking drug would include a rapid onset, a predictable and rapid termination, lack of cardiovascular and autonomic effects, undergo a known metabolism and excretion from the body without affecting organ function, and be inexpensive.
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