Journal article

PHARMACODYNAMICS OF ATRACURIUM DURING PROPOFOL, THIOPENTONE AND OPIOID ANESTHESIA

GH BEEMER, AR BJORKSTEN, DP CRANKSHAW

BRITISH JOURNAL OF ANAESTHESIA | PROF SCI PUBL | Published : 1990

Abstract

We have assessed in 20 patients the accuracy and precision of an infusion profile for atracurium, which continually set the infusion rate to maintain stable muscle paralysis and a target steady state plasma concentration, when equilibrium between the biophase and plasma had occurred. Muscle paralysis was stable after 20 min, with a mean absolute drift in muscle paralysis in the succeeding 40 min of 0.13 (SD 0.07)% T1/Tc (height of first twitch/height of control twitch) per min. The plasma samples after 30 min, which were assessed empirically as being in equilibrium with the biophase, had an overall mean bias of 8.0 (SEM 3.7)% (P less than 0.05) and an overall mean absolute prediction error o..

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