Succinylcholine for emergency airway rescue in class b ambulatory facilities: The society for ambulatory anesthesia position statement

Girish P. Joshi, Meena S. Desai, Steven Gayer, Hector Vila

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Procedures in class B ambulatory facilities are performed exclusively with oral or IV sedativehypnotics and/or analgesics. These facilities typically do not stock dantrolene because no known triggers of malignant hyperthermia (ie, inhaled anesthetics and succinylcholine) are available. This article argues that, in the absence of succinylcholine, the morbidity and mortality from laryngospasm can be significant, indeed, higher than the unlikely scenario of succinylcholine- triggered malignant hyperthermia. The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) position statement for the use of succinylcholine for emergency airway management is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1447-1449
Number of pages3
JournalAnesthesia and Analgesia
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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