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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Staff & Patient Safety - October 2017

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 1 1 T oday might be the day you get called into the OR to help save a patient stricken with malignant hyperthermia. Does that thought fill you with a jolt of panic or calm confidence in knowing your staff will be well on their way to stabilizing the patient by the time you arrive? It's estimated that malignant hyperthermia occurs once in every 100,000 sur- geries, but don't let that low incidence rate fool you. MH can strike at any time, without warning, and when it does, it comes on quickly and progresses even faster. Your surgical team must react like seasoned professionals who've responded to MH before and know precisely what to do and where to be in an emergency. If you conduct regular and realistic MH management drills, they'll Make MH Drills Count Realistic practice sessions could someday prove to be life-saving exercises. Margaret M. Thomas, MSN, BS, RN, CNOR | Bryn Mawr, Pa. HANDS-ON APPROACH Using expired vials to practice reconstituting dantrolene adds realism to drills and familiarizes staff with the time-sensitive task of preparing the drug for administration.

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