Pediatric RSI

  1. I'm just begining to research pediatric RSI for a peds ER. Looking for references and suggestions on choices of paralytics.

    Any help would be greatly appriciated.
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  3. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    In our unit we usually premedicate with atropine, sedate with either fentanyl, ketamine or thiopental (depends on the physician preference) and paralyse with succinylcholine or rocuronium (depends on why the kid crashed, what else we know about the kid, physician preference).

    Some references: (she's ours)
  4. by   Semele
    We typically use a combo of fentanyl, versed and vecuronium drips.
  5. by   AliRae
    For us? Usually fentanyl and versed for sedation with vec for paralysis. Occasionaly succs, but not the first choice. Little ones we premed with atropine too, but that's a physician choice. Occasionally we'll use etomidate for sedation. We're kind of a mixed bag.

    ETA: We almost never sedate with just one thing. Generally it's an opioid and a benzo together. Only exceptions are kids with no blood pressure.
  6. by   AlabamaBelle
    Our RSIs usually begin with atropine, then versed. We used to use vec almost exclusively. We have acquired 3 new intensivists who prefer roc. We don't use succ. On a rare occasion we've used etomidate.

    We have pre-printed code/RSI drug sheets based on pt weight in each room with the dose in mg and the volume amt of each drug. These are Excel format and were developed by one of our intensivists and our Peds PharmD, making administration in a crisis simpler.

  7. by   rodrn
    ACEP American college of emergency physicians has a dosing card that you can use as a guide. or go to the ACEP web-site.
  8. by   BFE/RN
    The also have a iphone/itouch app at
  9. by   rnguy25
    Our unit typically uses fentanyl, versed, and rocuronium. Atropine prior to intubation is used for the neos and infants. As others have said, it is physician pref, as etomidate and vecuronium is also used, but not as frequent as the three listed above. Roc has a much quicker onset of action and a shorter half-life than vec, so that's why our intensivist choose roc.
  10. by   CLRN
    We do the same combo (fent, versed, vec or roc). However we usually don't premed with atropine, even in infants. We just have it drawn up at bedside per physician preference. Also we have a RSI med kit/box that contains all the meds listed plus epi and more.