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Archive Staff & Patient Safety 2019

Are You Ready to Manage MH?

Good planning and plenty of practice will help you stay calm, cool and collected when stress levels rise.

Dominique Hershberger

Dominique Hershberger


DRILL TEAM Knowing response protocols inside and out will prepare your staff for the real deal.

We'll always remember that day. Our surgical team had just anesthetized a patient for spine surgery when the anesthesiologist noticed the end-tidal CO2 readings were rising and signaled to everyone in the room to initiate our malignant hyperthermia response protocols. The team members sprang into action like they had done it countless times before, because in fact they had through regular drills and education sessions.

We were prepared, and executed the response plan to perfection. The patient was stabilized and transferred to the ICU, where he eventually recovered.

Our efforts to save the patient's life that day began months earlier when we heard that regulatory surveyors had asked other facilities to demonstrate their responses to an MH crisis. We decided to initiate regular sessions for our team to review the contents of our MH cart, and simulate a response to an emergency situation. Additionally, we wanted our staff to know the correct responses to the following 5 questions.

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