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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 7 H ow do you keep your staff ready to respond to a rare but potentially deadly event like malignant hyperther- mia? Practice drills. In 2015, we put together a formal MH response plan and have conducted simulations in each of the past 2 years. During both drills, we exposed a few weak links that should help us improve our ability to respond in the event of an MH crisis. Here's what we learned. Don't assume your OR team is familiar with MH. Before our first simu- lation, we learned that most of our staff was unaware of their roles in an MH crisis. We ordered instructional materials from the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS) and updated our existing MH cart according to MHAUS guidelines with the proper Closing gaps in your malignant hyperthermia drills now could be a lifesaver later. Rachel Miller Abanilla, BSN, RN, CNOR Houston, Texas • MH PRACTICE DRILLS Let staff members practice reconstituting expired vials of dantrolene. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN Optimize Your MH Response

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