I am writing in response to the article “Train-of-Four Results and Observed Muscle Movement in Children During Continuous Neuromuscular Blockade” (June 2008:30–38). It is absolutely erroneous that with 4 twitches present, the approximate percentage of receptors blocked is “0,” as shown in Table 2 (page 32). Neither reference cited by the author makes such a statement. Foster et al11 state “three to four twitches corresponds to approximately 75% to 80% blockade.” Viby-Mogensen22 states “when the fourth response reappears, neuromuscular blockade is usually 60 to 85%.” The appropriate interpretation of these statements is that even with 4 twitches apparent by either visual or tactile evaluation, the state of neuromuscular function remains substantially blocked. Viby-Mogensen also points out that even with 1 or 2 responses in the train-of-four (TOF) pattern, a patient “may move, buck, or cough.”...
Letters to the Editor| October 01 2008
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Penelope S. Villars; Nerve stimulation in the setting of pharmacologic blockade. Crit Care Nurse 1 October 2008; 28 (5): 24. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2008.28.5.24
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