Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181b54626
Patient Safety: Outcomes Article

Evidence-Based Patient Safety Advisory: Malignant Hyperthermia

Gurunluoglu, Raffi M.D., Ph.D.; Swanson, Jennifer A. B.S., M.Ed.; Haeck, Phillip C. M.D.; the ASPS Patient Safety Committee

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Summary: As more and more routine plastic surgery procedures move from the hospital to outpatient surgery facilities, plastic surgeons must be aware of the risk factors for life-threatening events that might occur in this setting. This awareness includes recognition of the signs and symptoms and the management of a rare but life-threatening condition, malignant hyperthermia. This article reviews the current understanding of the concepts pertinent to malignant hyperthermia diagnosis and treatment in the outpatient setting and current standards and recommendations for physicians and support personnel regarding malignant hyperthermia preparedness in office-based surgery and anesthesia.

©2009American Society of Plastic Surgeons


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