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Suxamethonium is safe in safe hands; mivacurium should also be considered
  1. ASRAR RASHID, Specialist Paediatric Registrar
  1. MICHAEL WATKINSON, Consultant Neonatologist
  1. Neonatal Unit
  2. Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
  3. Bordesley Green, Birmingham B9 5SS
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  5. Neonatal Unit
  6. Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

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Editor—We thank Whyteet al 1 for detailing the premedication policies for intubation in United Kingdom neonatal units. There is a wide disparity in both the type and dosage of drugs.

Whyte et al 1 mention that, as a muscle relaxant, suxamethonium, has important safety benefits. It has a very rapid onset and offset of action, …

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