Benzylisoquinolinium Compounds in the Critically Ill Patient

  • Jennifer M. Hunter
Conference paper


Two main groups of neuromuscular blocking drugs are available for use in the Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU): the aminosteroids and the benzylisoquinolinium compounds. These drugs are occasionally used in such patients in addition to analgesics and sedatives, to manage patients undergoing artificial ventilation. They are given not only to effect tracheal intubation, gastroscopy, bronchoscopy, etc., but also in the continued management of the critically ill.


Multiple Organ Failure Intensive Care Patient Status Asthmaticus Plasma Cholinesterase Critical Illness Polyneuropathy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer M. Hunter
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  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaRoyal Liverpool University HospitalLiverpoolUK

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