Use, Abuse and Misuse of Drugs in the ICU: Muscle Relaxants

  • G. Conti
  • R. Marella
  • M. C. Marini
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Twenty years ago, muscle relaxants were frequently used in the ICU in almost all critically ill patients (91%), but ten years later a large survey reported frequent use of nondepolarizing muscle relaxants in only 16%, and recently, only 1% of adults and 5% of neonatal and other paediatric patients were therapeutically paralysed, because of new sedative techniques [1].


Muscle Relaxant Neuromuscular Blockade Neuromuscular Blocking Agent Status Asthmaticus Sedate Patient 


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