Course Summary

Rhabdomyolysis is often a self-limiting condition that involves the rapid destruction of muscle tissue that affects the kidneys as muscle protein passes through to the urine. It is a syndrome that responds well to supportive care, but rhabdomyolysis can cause serious complications such as acute kidney injury and compartment syndrome, as well as death. The etiologies, pathophysiology, and complications of rhabdomyolysis are complex and the incidence high enough that health clinicians at all levels of experience would benefit from ongoing review of the research and case studies supporting safe and appropriate care.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Etiology
    • Traumatic Rhabdomyolysis
    • Exertional Rhabdomyolysis
    • Non-traumatic/Non-exertional Rhabdomyolysis
  • Pathophysiology
  • Symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis
  • Diagnosis
    • Laboratory Testing
  • Complications of Rhabdomyolysis
  • Treatment of Rhabdomyolysis
    • Intravenous Fluid Resuscitation
    • Alkaline Diuresis, Mannitol and Loop Diuretics
  • Case Study: Rhabdomyolysis
  • Summary


Noah H. Carpenter, MD

Dr. Noah Carpenter is a Thoracic and Peripheral Vascular Surgeon. He completed his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and medical school and training at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Carpenter completed surgical residency and fellowship at the University of Edmonton and Affiliated Hospitals in Edmonton, Alberta, and an additional Adult Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has specialized in microsurgical techniques, vascular endoscopy, laser and laparoscopic surgery in Brandon, Manitoba and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and in Colorado, Texas, and California. Dr. Carpenter has an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Calgary, and was appointed a Citizen Ambassador to China, and has served as a member of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, the Science Institute of the Northwest Territories, Canada Science Council, and the International Society of Endovascular Surgeons, among others. He has been an inspiration to youth, motivating them to understand the importance of achieving higher education.

Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

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