Malignant Hyperthermia - CST567

Malignant Hyperthermia

by Mary E. McNaron, RN, CST, CNOR, MSN and Christina Emily Smith, RN, MS, BSN, CRNA
(4.3 / 1233 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Surgical Technology (1.75 CE Credit)

Price: $8.00
CE-PRO Price: $4.00


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.

Approval Information
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.

Course Originally Released on: 1/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/1/2010
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2016

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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PATRICIAA R - Wilmington, DE  ·  Dec 07, 2016
was an excellent course
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Debra R - chesapeake, VA  ·  Dec 06, 2016
very helpful in understanding mh
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Nicole G - Ridgefield Park, NJ  ·  Dec 05, 2016
Outstanding information, useful in many ways
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FELICIA G - Middletown, DE  ·  Dec 04, 2016
Very informative course and an interesting topic.
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Robert M - Bensalem, PA  ·  Dec 03, 2016
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Price: $8.00
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