Competitive Neuromuscular Blockers: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

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    00:00 So let's wrap up this portion of the video series. Neuromuscular blockers can cause extreme skeletal muscle relaxation, uhm, flaccid paralysis, and that includes the diaphragm. So, patients on neuromuscular blockers require ventilator support and mechanical ventilation because they cannot breathe on their own. Competitive neuro blockers compete with acetylcholine for nicotinic M receptors. The patient is completely paralyzed, and we've gone over that and over that just because we know it's so important that you understand it. Completely paralyzed but fully conscious when they receive a neuromuscular blocker. So, always give a sedative with a patient before you give the neuromuscular blocker if possible. When you paralyze with a neuromuscular blocker, it's most often used during surgery, endotracheal intubation, mechanical ventilation, and other procedures. Thank you for watching our video today.

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    The lecture Competitive Neuromuscular Blockers: In a Nutshell (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN is from the course Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) Medications (Nursing).

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    1. The client needs mechanical ventilation
    2. The client is unconscious
    3. Sedatives should be administered after the drug
    4. It causes contraction of skeletal muscles

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     Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

    Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

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