Imagine that you are a surgical team member assessing your first patient of the day. You help the patient to the OR and onto the table. Standard monitors are applied, and you note that this is the 20-year-old patient’s first surgery. He receives routine induction medications and intubation is uneventful. The patient is placed on air and oxygen at 50% flow for each, with an inhalational agent. Within minutes, the anesthesia provider notes muscle rigidity in the patient and an increase in exhaled carbon dioxide, heart rate, and blood pressure. The provider suspects malignant hyperthermia. As a vital part of the team, what will you do to help? What is the best plan of action? How can you help save this patient’s life?
The goal of this program is to provide the perioperative team with information about malignant hyperthermia, including perioperative signs and management of the patient. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
- Identify patients at risk for malignant hyperthermia.
- List the signs and symptoms of malignant hyperthermia.
- Describe diagnosis and treatment of malignant hyperthermia.
- Discuss the role of perioperative team members in a malignant hyperthermia crisis.
- Describe the preparation of dantrolene sodium.
This course is intended for surgical techs from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2016.
This continuing education activity is approved for 1.75 CE credits by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., for continuing education for the Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant. This recognition does not imply that AST approves or endorses any product or products that are discussed or mentioned in enduring material.
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