This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck.
Optimal neuromuscular blockade and recovery is widely recognized as an important strategy to help prevent complications. Despite this belief, many clinicians underestimate the incidence and effects of residual neuromuscular block and incorrectly believe that it can be diagnosed with good clinical experience, bedside tests and subjective approaches to monitoring.
Learning Objectives: After successfully completing this activity, the learner will be able to:
- Recognize at least 3 complications associated with residual neuromuscular blockade
- Identify at least 2 evidence-based monitoring strategies to determine neuromuscular blockade and recovery
- Identify the mechanisms of action associated with effective neuromuscular monitoring correlated with the reversal of neuromuscular blockade
- Based on case examples, appropriately select devices or techniques that facilitate recovery from neuromuscular blockade
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