SUCCINYLCHOLINE VERSUS ROCURONIUM FOR EMERGENCY RAPID SEQUENCE INDUCTION DURING REMIFENTANIL, PROPOFOL ANAESTHESIA
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This study aiined to evaluate and compare the intubating conditions of standard doses ofrocuronium 0.6 mg kg-1 and succinylcholine 1.0 mg kg -1 during a strict rapid-sequence induction (RSI) regimen including propofol and remifentanil Patients & methods: The study included 80 male and female pa tients (ASA I - IW older than 17 yr scheduled for emergency abdominal surgery and with increased risk of pulmonary aspiration of gastric con• tent Patients were randomized to a rapid-sequence induction with succinylcholine 1.0 mg kg'1 or rocurontum 0.6 mg kg'1 after induction with re mifentanil lfig kg'1 and propofol 2-3 mg kg'1. Patients with a predicted difficult air-way were excluded. A senior anaesthesiologist blinded for the randomization performed the intubation 60 seconds after injection of the neuromuscular blacker. Intubation conditions were evaluated according to an established guideline.