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Assessment of post-surgical pain (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

It is now a settled matter that the adaptive capacities of animals, coupled with the innate biases of human observers, seriously impairs our ability to "know" which of our patients are in pain, how much they are in pain, and sometimes, even where they are in pain.

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Opioids (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

Even in the modern day, opioids remain the cornerstone of analgesia. Aesop's fables gave rise to the saying that "Familiarity breeds contempt"; these drugs are often underappreciated because of their long history as analgesics. Opioids may not be "novel" but they are critical to pain relief and a strategy that our patients benefit from.

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Understanding pain pathways and pharmacologic targets (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

Used in veterinary medicine mostly for acute pain. Oral opioids have poor absorption in animals so there is a tendency not to use them in chronic conditions. All opioids have peripheral and central effects.

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Opioids: the good, the bad? and the future (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

Synthetic opioids are powerful, useful tools to manage pain for one simple reason: Receptors for naturally-occurring opioids (endorphins, enkephalins) are distributed ubiquitously throughout the body and can be found in both central and peripheral tissues.

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Acute pain assessment and treatment (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

Benefits of pain management in the acute situation

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Myofascial pain syndrome: the next big thing (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

Probably the most common condition associated with osteoarthritis, post-surgery and musculoskeletal abnormalities. Yet, it is rarely taught in veterinary university settings, few practitioners even know of its existence, all despite the fact that muscles compromise half of an animal's body weight.

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Using inotropes and vasopressors in anesthesia (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

Arterial hypotension is a common anesthetic complication. Perfusion of vital organs depends largely on arterial blood pressure. Mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) below 60 mmHg and systolic blood pressures below 80 mmHg can result in reduced perfusion of the vital organs. Oxygen debt can ensue in morbidity and mortality.

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Adjunctive pain meds: beyond NSAIDS and opioids (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

The framework of effective pain management systems rests solidly on the foundation of recognition/assessment, pre-emption, and using multiple modalities. Multiple modalities allow for intervention at several different places of the nociceptive pathway, increasing effectiveness and minimizing the need for high or protracted doses of any one particular drug.

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Emergency anesthesia: What should we do? (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

The risk of anesthesia is higher in emergency cases compared with elective cases. Most of these patients are compromised and this increases the danger of anesthesia, especially in cases when there is no time to optimize the condition of the patient before anesthesia.

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