Archive Employee & Patient Safety 2012

Are You Ready for an MH Emergency?

Recognize early warning signs and act quickly to treat the deadly condition.

Rachel Shulkin, RN, BS

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malignant hyperthermia SUPPORT GROUP Call all available hands to the patient's bedside during an MH event.

Our facility's medical director squared off against malignant hyperthermia twice in his career. He once helped rescue a child when the condition's warning signs were noticed early enough to intervene. He was also involved in a case that didn't have a similar happy ending. Having seen both positive and negative outcomes of this potentially deadly event, he's hammered home the importance of screening for high-risk patients, rapid emergency response and targeted treatment when every second counts. Here's how to be sure you have effective MH prevention and response protocols in place.

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