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Cisatracurium

Basics

Name

Cisatracurium

Pronunciation

(sis a tra KYOO ree um)

Brand Names: US

  • Nimbex

Therapeutic Category

  • Neuromuscular Blocker Agent, Nondepolarizing
  • Skeletal Muscle Relaxant, Paralytic

Medication Safety Issues

Sound-alike/look-alike issues:

Nimbex may be confused with NovoLOG

High alert medication:

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) includes this medication among its list of drugs which have a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when used in error.

Other safety concerns:

According to the 2020-2021 ISMP Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals, neuromuscular blockers should be segregated, sequestered, and differentiated from all other medication wherever they are stored. This includes:

Only storing in places within the hospital that they are routinely used.

Placing in sealed boxes or in rapid sequence intubation kits (preferred).

Limiting availability in automated dispensing cabinets to perioperative, labor and delivery, critical care, and emergency departments only.

Placing in separate lidded containers within the pharmacy refrigerator or other isolated pharmacy storage area.

Affixing an auxiliary label to clearly communicate respiratory paralysis will occur and ventilation required on all storage bins and/or automated dispensing pockets/drawers (exception anesthesia-prepared syringes) stating one of the following:

Warning: Causes Respiratory Arrest – Patient Must Be Ventilated

Warning: Paralyzing Agent – Causes Respiratory Arrest

Warning: Causes Respiratory Paralysis – Patient Must Be Ventilated

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