In summary, neuromuscular blocking agents can be used safely and to advantage in equine anesthesia. Muscle-relaxant use in equine anesthesia has been helped by the development of new relaxants such as atracurium, which has a reliable and reproducible duration of action. There are certain cases that benefit particularly by the use of relaxants but their use is not limited to these cases. These cases involve horses that experience persistent movement and hypotension during anesthesia, are undergoing ophthalmic or abdominal surgery or fracture repair, or are severely ill. Horses receiving muscle relaxants during anesthesia require mechanical ventilation, and neuromuscular blockade should be monitored with a peripheral-nerve stimulator.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||The Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1990|
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