Aminosteroid Neuromuscular Blocking Agents

This micro skills course explores the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of the aminosteroid neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBAs). It explores: the relationship between the chemical structure of these agents, their potency and their route of elimination; the relationship between potency and rate of onset; the use of neuromuscular monitoring by motor nerve stimulation to define the pharmacodynamic properties of these agents; and properties common to this group of drugs.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of Anaesthetists

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. List the neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBAs) available in the UK that are aminosteroid compounds
  3. Discuss the relationship between the chemical structure of these compounds and their distribution and elimination
  4. Explain the relationship between potency and onset time
  5. Describe how pancuronium, vecuronium and rocuronium are eliminated
  6. Specify the intubating dose, onset time and clinical duration of action of pancuronium, vecuronium and rocuronium

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
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  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
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