Activity Details

Free CME
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Released: October 31, 2020
Expires: October 30, 2021
60 minutes to complete

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Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurse anesthetists, and other health care professionals involved in the management of patients undergoing surgical procedures.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Review the benefits and limitations of currently available reversal agents.
  • Apply the clinical data on current/emerging options for the reversal of neuromuscular-blocking agents and their potential for improved patient recovery.
  • Implement multidisciplinary approaches to managing surgical patients who require deep neuromuscular blockade.

Activity Description

Neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBAs) enable anesthesiologists to temporarily paralyze patients during anesthesia. The introduction of NMBAs in anesthesia meant that optimal surgical conditions could be achieved with lower doses of volatile or intravenous anesthetics, improving hemodynamic stability. Although a powerful anesthetic tool, neuromuscular blockade (NMB) has the potential for significant adverse outcomes. Hence, providers need to be well-versed with the latest options for neuromuscular blockade and reversal. In this educational activity, expert clinicians review conventional agents used in NMB reversal, discuss new and emerging NMB reversal agents, as well as discuss the importance of multidisciplinary care in patients undergoing NMB reversal.


  • Evaluating Best Practices With Current Neuromuscular Blockade (NMB) Therapies
    J. Ross Renew, MD, FASA, FASE
  • Current and Emerging Reversal Agents
    Anthony L. Kovac, MD
  • Importance of a Multidisciplinary Approach
    Matt L. Kirkland, MD, FACS

Activity Chair

Matt L. Kirkland, MD, FACS
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Director Bariatric Surgery Program
Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
Disclosure: No relevant financials relationships to disclose.


Anthony L. Kovac, MD
Kasumi Arakawa Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
Speakers Bureau: Mundipharma
Contracted Research: Merck

J. Ross Renew, MD, FASA, FASE
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL
Contracted Research (paid to institution): Merck

Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Vindico Medical Education Staff:
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Signed Disclosures are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Medical Affairs and Compliance.

Conflict of Interest Policy/Disclosure Statement

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all accredited providers are required to mitigate and disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, faculty, and reviewers involved in the development of accredited content. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the past 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the accredited activity content over which the individual has control. Relationship information appears above, which is accurate at the time of content development.

Accreditation Statement

Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

To participate in this CME activity, you must read the objectives, answer the pretest questions, view the CME content, and complete the posttest and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 75% of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Certificate.

Statement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Disclaimer Statement/Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage. All activity participants will be informed if any speakers/authors intend to discuss either non–FDA-approved or investigational use of products/devices.

Copyright Statement

Created and published by Vindico Medical Education, 6900 Grove Road, Building 100, Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447. Telephone: 856-994-9400; Fax: 856-384-6680. Printed in the USA. Copyright © 2020 Vindico Medical Education. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The material presented at or in any of Vindico Medical Education continuing medical education activities does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education. Neither Vindico Medical Education nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

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