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Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety - October 2015

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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8 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 M y son Jake had just turned 19 and was scheduled to undergo a septorhinoplasty revision to fully repair a devi- ated septum. The first surgery went perfectly, so I arrived at the surgery center where I used to work as a surgical nurse thinking the second procedure would be routine. My son was the anxious one. He worried about waking up during surgery or even dying on the table. I reassured him. Nothing will happen. I promise. But something did happen. About 45 minutes into surgery, Jake's CO 2 level began to increase. His heart rate also started to rise and he became tachycardic. The CRNA also noticed that his core body temperature began to rise and paged the supervising anesthesiologist. Together they called the hotline of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (800-644-9737) and the expert who answered advised them to immediately begin the MH emergency response protocol. It wasn't a drill. It was the real deal and my son is alive today My son is alive today because the surgical team did everything right. Kim Scott, RN, MSN | Brainerd, Minn. MH Drills Can Be A Real Life Saver Kim Scott, RN, MSN z LIVING PROOF Jake Scott was stricken during surgery, but early recognition of MH's symptoms saved his life.

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