Malignant Hyperthermia May Develop in People with Heat or Exercise
Source Newsroom: Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS)
Newswise — There is mounting evidence that some people who are susceptible to Malignant hyperthermia (MH) will develop MH when exposed to hot environments or with exercise. This is could be problematic because without proper and prompt treatment, mortality associated with MH is extremely high; according to the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States.
Six year-old Vincent Groetzner died June 14, 2010, after he started to complain of leg cramps and rapid heart rate and a developing fever that soared to 108 degrees while playing at a friend's house. The medical examiner reported the cause to be Malignant Hyperthermia (MH).
What is Malignant Hyperthermia
Malignant hyperthermia is a potentially fatal, inherited disorder usually associated with the administration of certain general anesthetics. The disorder is due to an acceleration of metabolism in skeletal muscle. The signs of MH include muscle rigidity, rapid heart rate, high body temperature, muscle breakdown and increased acid content. Immediate treatment with the drug dantrolene sodium for injection usually reverses the signs of MH. The underlying defect is abnormally increased levels of cell calcium in the skeletal muscle. The best way to protect yourself, your family, your patients and facility, is to be prepared before it's too late.
"It's important to know that it's not just about anesthesia, there are other documented causes," Lisa Groetzner said to The Orlando Sentinel in 2010. To learn more about Lisa’s story click this link.
Learn the basics on how recognize, diagnose, and treat Malignant Hyperthermia
Learn the basics on how recognize, diagnose, and treat Malignant Hyperthermia by attending at the “MH Let’s Save a Life” conference on September 14, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm at St. Peter’s Health Partners - St. Peter’s Hospital located in Albany, NY. At the event patients and families sit side-by-side with healthcare professionals and students learning about MH from experts affiliated with the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS). The conference is sponsored by MHAUS in conjunction with St. Peter's Health Partners: St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany Memorial, Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
1) Identify the signs and symptoms of an MH event.
2) Enforce quick treatment regimen for MH event.
3) Explain the response plan for an MH event to other medical staff.
4) State proper patient safety steps to take in preparation for an MH-Susceptible patient.
5) Discuss MH testing options with patients and assist them in seeking further information. There are education credits available.
About the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS):
MHAUS was founded families who lost their children to MH or could not find information about MH. In 1981 they found each other - and a doctor performing MH testing – and agreed “to make current information about MH available to all who need it!”
MH is inherited genetic disorder found in an estimated 1 out of 2,000 people. MH is triggered by certain anesthesia and most often experienced in individuals undergoing routine surgery but in rare cases MH can happen without anesthesia. Symptoms include body temperature of up to
107 degrees, muscle rigidity, system-wide organ failure, and possible death.
Today MHAUS provides information and resources to medical and lay communities through conferences, educational materials, ID tags, 24-hour MH Hotline, MHAUS website, and with the help of chapter groups.
The mission of MHAUS is to promote optimum care and scientific understanding of MH and related disorders. MH episodes can happen at any time. MHAUS can help you prepare before it’s too late.
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