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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Anesthesia - July 2017

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2 4 S U P P L E M E N T T O 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 LY 2 0 1 7 W hen you answer hundreds of calls made to the emer- gency hotline of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the Unites States (MHAUS), like I have, most questions fall into 1 of 3 categories. • Is this correct? Most involve surgical teams responding perfectly to an MH event that simply want confirmation that they're following proper protocols. • How much dantrolene? Other callers want to review the dosing amounts before administering it to stricken patients. • OMG! Where do we begin? Then there are the scary calls, the ones that keep me up at night. On the other end of the line I hear yelling, confusion and panic. No one is taking control of the situation because everyone is unsure of what to do next. I always think about how those surgical teams probably Manning the MHAUS Hotline Answers to 10 common questions about malignant hyperthermia. Charles B. Watson, MD, FCCM Bridgeport, Conn. • HONEST ASSESSMENT Your malignant hyperthermia response plan should be specific to your facility's resources, available manpower and location. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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