Livingston, NJ, October 9, 2012 -- The inherited muscle disorder Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) is most often triggered by certain anesthetic drugs leading to a life-threatening crisis that requires prompt, specific treatment. In rare cases, MH may also be triggered by heat and exercise. Learn the basics on how recognize, diagnose, and treat Malignant Hyperthermia by attending this conference for patients, healthcare professionals, students, and families taking place on November 10, 2012 from 10 am - 4 pm at Saint Barnabas Health Medical Center located in Livingston, NJ.
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 Malignant Hyperthermia: MH is an autosomal dominant 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, if untreated, eventual death. MH is often experienced in individual sundergoing, what was expected to be, routine surgery.
The incidence of MH is low, but, if untreated, themortality rate is high. Introduction of a treatment drug and advances in theunderstanding of MH have saved many lives since the syndrome was firstdescribed in the 1960s.
About the Malignant Hyperthermia Association ofthe United States (MHAUS): Founded in 1981 MHAUS is the only organization in North America dedicated to promoting optimum care and scientific understandingof MH and related disorders by encouraging healthcare professionals andpatients and families to prepare for MH through education and testing andthrough the 24-hour MH Hotline that provides healthcare professionals withaccess to experts that specialize in MH crisis treatment. www.mhaus.org.
For more information contact MHAUS