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3 2 • 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 A N U A R Y 2 0 2 1 T here are several ways to ensure your staff is properly trained to handle a malignant hyperthermia emer- gency. Making them sit through yet another annual in-service or having them read dry educational materials would certainly get the job done, but creating an MH escape room would make the training memorable, challenging — and a lot of fun. Escape rooms have been a pop- ular form of entertainment for years. They involve teams working together to solve puzzles or clues in order to "escape" the room. It's a perfect team-building exercise, and that's why I decided to use the concept to capture my staff's attention when it was time to review how they should manage an MH emergency. Here's what it takes to pull it off. • Order the materials. You'll need some combination locks, lockable boxes and a lockout hasp, which can hold up to six padlocks. These boxes are ideal and can be bought on Amazon: osmag.net/kHt5BS. These locks are also available on Amazon and work great, because they allow you to set unique five- character (letter, number or symbol) combinations: osmag.net/DKEza2. The lockout hasp is another Amazon purchase: osmag.net/cU7oBK. • Come up with questions. You want to challenge and test your staff's knowledge of MH, so don't make the questions too easy. The website of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States is a good place to find useful material (see "Would You Get Out of an MH Escape Room?"). Make the questions multiple choice. Each question should have at least three possible answers (unless it is a true or false question) with each answer hav- ing a corresponding letter, number or symbol. • Set the rules. Spilt your staff into three-mem- ber teams, and use the same type of combination lock to secure a box for each team. The teams receive the same series of multiple choice ques- tions, work together to come up with the answers and apply the corresponding characters to the lock Julie Blakeley, BSN, RN, CNOR I Tyler, Texas Make Malignant Hyperthermia Training Memorable Participating in an MH escape room is a fun and effective way to learn emergency response protocols. CRACKING THE CODE Staff members team up to answer questions that provide the combination they need to unlock the escape room's box. All photos are by Julie Blakeley

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