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The Theatre of Risk - Malignant Hyperthermia and Difficult Airway Management


Resource Type: Nursing Lecture
Listening Time: 46 Mins
Date Added: 08/02/2017
Date Recorded: 01/01/1970
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Event: Perioperative Nursing: Introductory Skills Update
Location: Melbourne, Ausrtralia

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Complications arising from anaesthesia or surgical intervention can lead to devastating consequences for a patient and may even be fatal. This afternoon session will look at a range of case scenarios where harm has occurred due to surgical intervention. It will include what to do if an untoward event occurs during your line of duty.

Topics covered

Case Scenario - Malignant Hyperthermia: Malignant hyperthermia is a pharmacogenetic disorder that relates to the metabolism of muscles. It is usually caused by the administration of potent inhaled anaesthetic agents and/or succinylcholine. It is believed to be a genetic disorder. This case scenario will illustrate an example of malignant hyperthermia and how it manifests in the operating room.
  • Causes of malignant hyperthermia and questions to ask in pre-operative assessment (e.g. family history)
  • The effect of rhabdomyolysis and role of dantrolene
  • Nursing actions and documentation including the malignant hyperthermia trolley
  • Notifying the family
Case Scenario - Difficult Airway Management: Maintaining a clear airway is obviously of paramount importance. In this case scenario you will be guided through the assessment of the airway and the actions to take when problems arise. Includes:
  • Assessment of the airway and identification of the cause of problems
  • Immediate actions
  • Tracheal tubes and airway latency
  • Written criteria for discharge of patients from PACU to ward


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Presenter Biographies

RN Grad Dip Nsg (Anaesthetic and Post Anaesthetic Care) MN (Education)

Suzi Querruel has been working in the perioperative field for the past decade. Her passion lies in perianaesthesia nursing and has been seeking to advance the field over the past few years. She is a tutor/lecturer for Western Sydney University [WSU] in the Bacheor of Nursing program and WSU The College in their Academic Pathways Programs. She is the unit coordinator at WSU The College for the subjects Health Communication and Skills in Health Science.

She was previously Anaesthetic Coordinator at Westmead Private Hospital and also has held Sessional Nurse Educator positions at the A...

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