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Department hosting discussion on Malignant Hyperthermia

Published: April 26, 2017 12:00 AM

WHEELING A free presentation on malignant hyperthermia (MH) and its treatment has been scheduled by May 5 by the Anesthesiology Department of Wheeling Hospital. Special guest speaker will be Dr. Barbara Brandom, past director of the North American Malignant Hyperthermia Registry (NAMHR).

The presentation, which has been approved for 1 hour AMA PRA Category 1 credit, is open to all anesthesiologists, physicians, nurses, OR personnel or health care professionals who work with anesthesia.

It will be held at Generations Restaurant, Wheeling. A reception with light hors d'oeuvres will begin at 6 p.m., and the presentation starts at 7 p.m.

An MH case presentation will be made by anesthesiologist Dr. Dominic Cottrell and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Virginia Ondik, both of Wheeling Hospital, followed by Brandom's presentation.

MH is a potentially fatal, inherited disorder usually associated with the administration of certain general anesthetics and/or the drug succinylcholine. The disorder is due to an acceleration of metabolism in skeletal muscle. Symptoms of MH include muscle rigidity, rapid heart rate, high body temperature, muscle breakdown and increased acid content. Immediate treatment with the drug dantrolene usually reverses the signs of MH.

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The North American Malignant Hyperthermia Registry was established in 1987 and merged with the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS) in 1995 so that MH data could be stored in a site that is supported by one organization to offer greater support for research initiatives. The registry's goal is to acquire, analyze and disseminate case-specific clinical and laboratory information related to MH susceptibility.

Guest speaker Brandom was director of the NAMHR from 2000-2016. Prior to that, she was consultant to the MH Hotline of MHAUS as well as chair of the Review Committee of the MH Hotline.

From 1992-2016, she was a professor of anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she still serves as an adjunct professor of nurse anesthesia.


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