Best Practice #7 FAQ

Best Practice #7: Segregate, sequester, and differentiate all neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBs) from other medications, wherever they are stored in the organization.

1. Question: You recommend placing NMBs in a sealed box or, preferably, in a rapid sequence intubation (RSI) kit, or if NMBs must be stored in automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) to keep them in lock-lidded pockets. Are there special recommendations for storage when NMBs are contained within an anesthesia cart?

Answer: For anesthesia carts, we recommend keeping all NMBs stored together in a clearly designated, segregated and labeled area of the anesthesia cart drawer. Ideally, these vials should be placed in vial holders so that their labels are visible.
Rev. 8/29/2016