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Rocuronium vs. Succinylcholine for Rapid Sequence Intubation

Abdullah Bakhsh
Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine 2019 August 16
Rapid sequence intubation (RSI), placing a tube into the trachea facilitated by rapid sedation and paralysis to improve ventilation and oxygenation, is a common procedure in emergent, critical care, and operating room settings. There is great interest in drugs that improve the process. The two most commonly used paralytic agents in the emergency department are succinylcholine (depolarizing) and rocuronium (non-depolarizing). Traditionally succinylcholine has been the preferred muscle relaxant for RSI because of its rapid onset of 40 to 60 seconds and a short duration of action lasting 6 to 10 minutes. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.


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