Inductors Summary Table


*The optimal dosing adjustments in obese patients are still on debate and authors support different modalities. Those recommended in the table represent the most frequently accepted corrections by the literature and we also agree on those corrections based on our own clinical experience in emergency medicine. For more information follow this link.

TBW Total body weight
IBW Ideal body weight
N-methyl-D-aspartate (receptor)
RSI Rapid Sequence Intubation


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