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Research reveals way to speed up treatment of deadly malignant hyperthermia

rs discovered that by warming the DS diluent (sterile water) to 41 degrees Celsius it safely lessoned the mixing time and resulted in faster treatment of patients suffering from MH. Thirty seconds or more could be shaved off the DS preparation process, which normally takes two minutes. To conduct the study, two standard fluid warmers were used that are typically found in hospital operating rooms around the country.

"Every second counts when treating a patient with malignant hyperthermia," said Donna Landriscina, CRNA, MSNA. "This research indicates that it is possible to administer DS faster, thereby increasing the patient's chances of a successful outcome."

The diagnosis of malignant hyperthermia in a patient requires swift action on the part of the anesthesia provider. The key to effectively controlling an MH crisis is the quick administration of DS. Since its introduction into clinical practice in 1979, DS continues to be the first-line of defense against reducing the MH mortality rate from nearly 80 percent in the 1970s to less than 10 percent today.

"For years, nurse anesthetists have been on the forefront of research that has greatly enhanced anesthesia safety," said Kevin Baker, CRNA, MSNA. "New discoveries of best practices such as this one will benefit patients for decades to come."


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Contact: Marlene McDowell
mmcdowell@aana.com
847-655-1145
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
8-May-2007


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