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Are You Prepared for an MH Emergency?
Preparation is key to managing the deadly disorder.
Theresa Clifford
Publish Date: September 19, 2014   |  Tags:   Patient Safety
ready to treat MH CLOSE WATCH Be sure your staff is ready to treat MH in any patient at any time.

While you may be fortunate enough to never encounter malignant hyperthermia, a deadly but rare disorder that can happen on your watch, it's crucial to know how to handle it the right way, right away. Test your knowledge of MH to ensure your staff recognizes the earliest warning signs and reacts quickly and with purpose in the critical first minutes when life hangs in the balance.

Malignant hyperthermia may be triggered by __________.

a. pancuroniumc. fentanyl
b. succinylcholined. sodium pentothal

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emergency response DRILL TEAM Practice is key to making emergency response routine.

The most reliable laboratory test for pre-operative detection of MH is _________.

a. creatine phosphokinase
b. cardiac enzymes
c. serum electrolytes
d. caffeine-halothane contracture

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Increased end-tidal CO2 and tachycardia are early indications of an MH crisis.

a. trueb. false

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adequate supply of dantrolene IN THE MIX Keep an adequate supply of dantrolene on hand for reconstituting as soon as MH is diagnosed.

Dantrolene is the only accepted specific rescue agent for MH.

a. trueb. false

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Initial dosing with dantrolene is _____________.

a. 1 mg/kgc. 2.5 mg/kg
b. 10 mg/kgd. 25 mg/kg

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You should have ______ vials of dantrolene immediately accessible to deliver the initial dose.

a. 24c. 36
b. 32d. 42

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A full loading dose of a newly approved formulation of dantrolene can be reconstituted in ________ .

a. less than 1 minute
b. 5 minutes
c. 8 minutes
d. 15 minutes

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MH can only occur in the operating room.

a. trueb. false

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watch for MH warning signs AFTER HOURS Patients aren't necessarily out of harm's way in recovery, so continue to watch for MH warning signs.

According to MHAUS, patients who are MH-susceptible should be monitored after meeting recovery criteria following a successful anesthetic for ________.

a. 1 hourc. 3 hours
b. 2 hoursd. 4 hours

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MH deaths may be prevented with ________.

a. proper preoperative screening
b. education and preparation
c. identification of individuals at risk
d. all of the above

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