- RSI includes induction agent (sedative) and a paralytic
- Succinylcholine is a depolarizing paralytic of rapid onset and short duration with contraindications in hyperkalemic states and muscular dystrophy
- Rocuronium and vecuronium are longer acting, non-depolarizing paralytic, more commonly
- Common induction agents are etomidate and ketamine
- Ketamine can be particularly beneficial for bronchodilator effects in those with reactive airway disease
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Summary by Travis Barlock, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD