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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Anesthesia - July 2018

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2 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 1 8 M alignant hyperthermia can strike at any time in any patient, but realistic drills and quick recogni- tion of muscle rigidity or uptick in core body tem- perature won't make a bit of difference if your sur- gical team is rummaging around the drawers the MH cart in search of dantrolene, the life-saving reversal agent, and the supplies needed to administer it. Our MH carts, however, were overstocked and cluttered, potentially making them harder to navigate in an emergency. The supplies and materials were also inconsistent. Supplies would often expire without us knowing. Perhaps the biggest issue: A nurse would have to open 3 drawers to grab the items needed to reconstitute dantrolene. When Cheryl M. Gallaga, MSNEd, RN, CNOR | Phoenix, Ariz. How to Organize Your MH Carts Standardized supplies will help your staff save a life when every sec- ond counts. • GRAB AND GO Staff are able to quickly and confidently respond during an emergency response if they know exactly where supplies are located. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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