Long-acting neuromuscular blocker use during Prehospital transport of trauma patients

Kathryn A. Elofson, Sarah F. Rhoads, Andrew Tang, Joshua B. Gaither, Asad E. Patanwala

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Introduction The purpose of this study was to determine the rate of long-acting neuromuscular blocker (LA-NMB) use and evaluate the concurrent use of sedatives during prehospital care. Setting Prehospital patients who were brought to a single emergency department in the United States. Methods This was a retrospective cohort study of trauma patients who were intubated in the prehospital setting. The primary outcome measure was to determine the rate of LA-NMB use. The use of postintubation sedatives and the time to the administration of sedative agents was compared between patients who received an LA-NMB and those who did not. Results A total of 51 patients were included in the final analyses. Overall, 82% (n = 42) of patients received an LA-NMB during transport. There was no difference in the rate of postintubation sedative use during transport between the LA-NMB and no LA-NMB groups (79% vs. 67%, respectively, P =.42). The LA-NMB group received sedatives less promptly after intubation compared with those who did not receive LA-NMBs (16 vs. 7 minutes, respectively; P =.04). Conclusion The use of LA-NMB is common during the prehospital transport of trauma patients. Some of these patients may not be given sedatives or may have delays in receiving sedatives after intubation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-207
Number of pages5
JournalAir Medical Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency


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