A paralytic is a category of medications that cause extreme muscle relaxation that renders most muscles of the body unable to move. Paralytics are used as part of general anesthesia
, preventing movement during surgery.
Paralytics prevent involuntary movement of the patient during surgery as even the smallest of movements, including muscles twitches, could cause a surgical error.
The use of a paralytic agent makes the use of a ventilator and a breathing tube necessary. This is because the muscles of the diaphragm, which help the lungs fill with oxygen, are unable to move during the administration of a paralytic.
Also Known As: general anesthesia, paralytic agent, paralytic drug, paralytic medication,
Common Misspellings: paralitic, parolitic, parlitic, parolytic, parolitic, paralitics,
The paralytic was administered by the anesthesiologist.