While the staff at our small outpatient center performed yearly malignant hyperthermia (MH) simulation training, many of us agreed that we could be doing more. MH is a severe reaction to certain drugs used for anesthesia that can cause dangerously high body temperature, muscle rigidity, muscle spasms, a rapid heart rate and potentially death, so we never wanted to feel unprepared to handle a crisis.
During a simulation training last year, our staff was confused about who should be doing what. That’s what prompted us to revamp our MH training by creating role responsibility cards specific to a small-staffed ambulatory surgery center. If you’re in a similar situation, our method could be just what you need to be fully prepared in the event of a real-life MH event.