Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term


Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

Dr. Deana Batross and Dr. Shivani Bhatnagar


Malignant Hyperthermia, Nursing, Anesthesia, Surgery

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Malignant Hyperthermia is a rare but potentially fatal disorder that is triggered by the use of certain anesthetic medications. It is caused by a mutation in specific proteins in skeletal muscle that causes prolonged contraction, leading to a hypermetabolic state. This condition can have deadly effects like kidney failure, hemodynamic instability, and cardiac arrest. It is normally discovered during surgery and must be treated right away. The discovery of the treatment of Malignant Hyperthermia has dramatically decreased the fatality of the disorder, but treatment must be given immediately. For patients who develop Malignant Hyperthermia to have the highest chance of survival, all anesthesia providers must understand the pathophysiology behind the condition in order to administer emergent treatment quickly.

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