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damage, internal bleeding or failure of other body systems, according to the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS). MH occurs in about one in 100,000 surgeries in adults and in one in 30,000 surgeries in children, according to MHAUS. Most OR teams will never experience an MH crisis, so when it does happen, it can be hard to recognize and cause panic. Given the life-or-death nature of MH, we needed to bet- ter prepare staff for the real deal and decided to transition to sim- ulation training. Practicing response protocols and teamwork in a tense, realistic situation gives staff the practice needed to feel confident they'll react appropriately and promptly during a real crisis, when every second counts. 1. Find the time Simulation training is most effective when the drill is unexpected. Your staff won't be surprised if you conduct an MH in-service one day and simulation training the next. Space out the learning. Conducting an unannounced simulation 60 days after didactic learning will let you determine how much knowledge your staff has retained and gauge how they'd genuinely respond to an MH crisis. You can get a mock drill kit on the MHAUS website (mhaus.org) or use AORN's simula- 3 0 • O U T P A 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 2 0 HOLD THE PHONE! During the simulation, one OR staffer stayed outside the operating room and acted as an MH hotline operator. VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System

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