Practical Reviews

Got Succinylcholine, Need Dantrolene?

Background: Succinylcholine is the drug of choice to treat laryngospasm, but may trigger malignant hyperthermia (MH). Objective: To review the risks and benefits of stocking succinylcholine. Design: Literature review and author opinion. Discussion: Laryngospasm is thought to be more common in children. The reported rates of laryngospasm vary from 0.1% to 5.0%. Treatment involves suctioning, opening the airway and using positive pressure oxygen, and perhaps deepening the anesthesia. more...
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