Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Dr. Deana Batross and Dr. Shivani Bhatnagar
Malignant Hyperthermia, Nursing, Anesthesia, Surgery
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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Pinion, Brennon, "Malignant Hyperthermia" (2022). Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN). 502.