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Analgesics, sedatives and neuromuscular blockers as part of end-of-life decisions in Dutch NICUs
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    Neuromuscular blockers in compasionate care
    • Ian A Laing, Neonatologist
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      • Chinthika Piyasena

    Verhagen et al describe the use of analgesics, sedatives and neuromuscular blockers during reorientation of care to compassionate measures in Groningen, the Netherlands (1). The authors draw attention to the fact that in 16% of such events, neuromuscular blockers (NMBs) were used. In cases, NMBs were used to eliminate gasping after the endotracheal tube had been removed. Diagnoses and reasons for administering NMBs afte...

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    Analgesia, sedation and neuromuscular blockers in neonatal end-of-life care

    Verhagen et al (1) recently reported practice patterns from Dutch NICU’s for the use of analgesia, sedation and neuromuscular blockers (NMBs) in neonatal end-of-life (EOL) care. The authors are to be commended for their efforts in documenting their practice. Their data show that analgesia and sedation was provided to 292/340 newborns following the decision to withdraw or withhold active treatment. Of particular interest...

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