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J U L Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 2 9 O ur annual training for malignant hyperthermia (MH) emergencies used to be expected and ordinary. We sat through classroom learning, watched an educational video and clicked through a PowerPoint. It was boring and no one was engaged. It seemed like we tolerated training just to check a box to say we did it. We knew it could be better. Given the stakes, it had to be better. MH is a potentially fatal, inherited disorder usually associated with the administration of triggering agents such as general anesthetics and/or succinylcholine. If an MH crisis isn't treated promptly, the patient can suffer severe complications such as cardiac arrest, brain Are You Ready for an MH Emergency? Realistic training ensures staff act quickly and confidently during a real crisis. NO DUMMY Instead of mannequins, the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System used real staff and simulated dantrolene to the make MH simulation training as realistic as possible. VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Kimberly Macasieb, MSN, RN, CNL, CNOR | Las Vegas

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