Malignant hyperthermia
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Malignant hyperthermia

Ancuta Neacsu Clinical manager, St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth

Malignant hyperthermia, also known as malignant hyperpyrexia, is a pharmacogenetic condition which can develop during general anaesthesia and can be fatal. The author suggests that more awareness of the condition is needed by ward-based nurses who are involved with patients undergoing surgery. The article describes the management of the condition, the nursing care and the screening available for susceptible patients.

Nursing Standard. 20, 28, 51-57. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.


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