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March is Malignant Hyperthermia Awareness and Training Month

March to be Malignant Hyperthermia Awareness and Training Month reminds us that a Malignant Hyperthermia crisis is best managed with preparation.

Dr. Tae Kim and Heidy F at the MH One Day Conference

Dr. Tae Kim and Heidy F. talking about MH at the MH One Day Conference in Orlando, FL.

Malignant Hyperthermia is often experienced in individuals undergoing, what was expected to be, routine surgery but can also happen to a person outside of the operating room. Malignant Hyperthermia is a genetic disorder found in an estimated 1 out of 2,000 people. Once triggered, the rapid progressive series of chain events include a body temperature of up to 107 degrees, muscle rigidity, system-wide organ failure, and possible death. Introduction of a treatment drug and advances in the understanding of MH have saved many lives since the syndrome was first described in the 1960s.

How You Can Prepare

Healthcare Professionals are encouraged to keep MH training current in order to rapidly recognize and diagnose the disorder and to maintain an appropriate supply of the drugs and equipment needed to successfully treat a MH emergency and plans to transport a MH-suspected patient.

Patients and Families are encouraged to document their health history and wear identification tags that can alert healthcare professionals to the disorder and work together with healthcare professionals in their community to build awareness about Malignant Hyperthermia.

Events Happening This Month

The Geoffrey Keller Memorial Open Water Swim in Marshall, Illinois on Saturday, June 21, 2014 was announced by the Geoff Keller Chapter Group of MHAUS to remember the life of namesake Geoff Keller with his family and friends and to build awareness about Malignant Hyperthermia.

Nurses at University of Rochester Medical Center are co-hosting a MH Mini-Conference in Rochester, NY on Saturday, March 29, 2014 for healthcare professionals and patients in Western and Central New York.

MHAUS is asking for your help to post selfies to the MHAUS Facebook Page to celebrate March to be Malignant Hyperthermia Awareness and Training Month. Click this link for details: http://goo.gl/YKUuWr

What is Malignant Hyperthermia

Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) is inherited genetic disorder found in an estimated 1 out of 2,000 people and triggered by certain anesthetics and/or the drug succinylcholine and most often experienced in individuals undergoing routine surgery but in rare cases MH can happen without anesthesia. The disorder is due to abnormally increased levels of cell calcium in the skeletal muscle. Symptoms include body temperature of up to 107 degrees, muscle rigidity, system-wide organ failure, and possible death.

There is mounting evidence that some patients will also develop MH with exercise and/or on exposure to hot environments. Without proper and prompt treatment with dantrolene sodium, mortality is extremely high.

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