APSF Technology Education Initiative (TEI) : Quantitative Neuromuscular Monitoring (QNM)
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This quantitative neuromuscular monitoring (QNM) course consists of six topics designed to empower the anesthesia professional with the knowledge required to safely and effectively use QNM. The QNM course is largely aligned with the ASA 2023 Practice Guidelines for Monitoring and Antagonism of Neuromuscular Blockade. The six topics are: 1) Introduction to QNM, 2) Obtaining Baseline Train-of-Four Ratio, 3) Qualitative vs Quantitative Neuromuscular Assessment of Blockade Depth, 4) Achieving and Monitoring Intubating Conditions, 5) QNM During Maintenance and 6) QNM During Antagonism and Recovery from NMB. Each topic is designed for about a 15 minute interaction but the motivated learner is encouraged to utilize the simulation platform to explore different strategies and reinforce the learning. The topics are designed to be followed in sequence but do not need to be done at the same time. The course is free of charge to all anesthesia professionals; a free guest login is required for non-ASA members.
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- Monitoring Depth of Neuromuscular Blockade
by Steven Haberkorn, BA; Debra J Faulk, MD
Residual neuromuscular blockade is frequent in anesthesia practice and can lead to adverse outcomes. This keyword summary reviews the problem of residual weakness, the ways in which we can subjectively and objectively assess the neuromuscular junction for adequate return of strength, and summarizes recommendations in the 2023 ASA practice guidelines for monitoring and antagonism of neuromuscular blockade.