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Kelley W. Grorud
Associate Professor
Biological Sciences Department
Edgewood College
A Perfect Storm in the Operating Room: Anesthesia and Skeletal Muscle Contractions

In this interrupted case study, a high school biology student shadows her uncle, an anesthesiologist, at a hospital for a school assignment. She witnesses a patient who has an unusual reaction to his anesthesia and nearly dies.  As they try to diagnose the problem, students read a biomedical research report on the effects of anesthesia, play a sequencing game related to muscle contraction, and write about what they learn. Developed for use in an undergraduate anatomy and physiology course, the case could be adapted to A&P courses at other levels or used in an animal physiology course.