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Tell Your Patients to Drink Up - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - March 2019

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on site. I know, an MH event is rare. It may never happen at your facility. Chances are, it won't. But you still must prepare, prepare, prepare. The alternative is unacceptable. I don't have hard data to back this up, but anecdotally, I suspect the level of MH preparedness varies in the outpatient surgery sector. Obviously, dantrolene is expensive. The temptation is to not keep enough dantrolene, or none at all. Please don't rely on borrowing some from another facility or sharing some with another facility. You should have dantrolene — and not just some, but at least the mini- mum recommended amount: 36 vials of Revonto or Dantrium; 3 vials of Ryanodex — on site, at all times. And you should check those expi- ration dates, because it's only good for 2 (Ryanodex) or 3 (Revonto and Dantrium) years. There's so much we still don't know about MH, and such a lack of general awareness about it, that it's impossible to predict exactly when a crisis will occur. Your center needs a workable plan in place for when somebody does trigger. Because that definitely will change the outcome. And creating positive outcomes is what we're trusted and paid to do. OSM 7 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9 Dr. Roberson (william_roberson2@bshsi.org) is an orthopedic surgeon with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, S.C.

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