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The World Congress of Anesthesia is a meeting of anesthesiologists representing many countries that convenes in a different country every four years.
When an MH susceptible patient requires a general anesthetic one concern is whether he/she will be inadvertently exposed to potent gas anesthetics such as sevoflurane or isoflurane that may trigger an MH episode.
Earlier this year I described what lies ahead for MHAUS. I laid out an ambitious program for the year. I am pleased to report that with one or two exceptions the goals were largely met. Here are some of the programs and accomplishments of 2010:
Thanks to the efforts of many patients and health care providers who have an interest in the problem of MH, many states will declare March to be MH Awareness and Training month. This effort will serve to alert the community of patients and providers to the problem of MH and prevent deaths and disability from MH.
Like the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society holds an annual educational meeting for its members. This past June MHAUS exhibited at the Canadian meeting. This was the first time in many years that we elected to attend the Canadian meeting. The reasons for this are several.
The death of Stephanie Kuleba from MH in March, 2008 during cosmetic surgery in an office-based operating room was a striking reminder that MH may occur wherever anesthesia is administered. This event has caused anguish, pain and grief for the family and friends of this young woman as well as the providers of care. This post also available via the President's Blog Podcast.