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Source: CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

Acid-base disorders and blood gas analysis (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

Blood gas analysis provides information about respiratory function and acid/base status. This information is vital in determining and monitoring treatment of patients with primary or secondary respiratory disease and/or metabolic disturbances. Blood gas (BG) can be assessed on arterial (ABG) or venous (VBG) samples, although oxygenation assessment is made on arterial blood only.

Source: CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

Anesthesia for the cardiac patient (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

Anesthetizing a patient with cardiac disease requires a plan for the use of supportive measures to maintain adequate tissue perfusion. As in the case of left sided cardiac dysfunction patients, volume administration frequently is not an option to support blood pressure. In these cases, should a positive inotropic or pressor agent be indicated, the volume of the adjunctive agent required should be deducted from the volume of crystalloid administered to maintain a balanced hourly rate.

Source: CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

Respiratory/ventilatory monitoring (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

Capnographs are used to measure ETCO2. Most capnographs use infrared light absorption to measure CO2 levels. Capnographs allow for continuous monitoring of the patients CO2 levels. ETCO2 is reflective of the patients PaCO2 usually within a 5mmHg gradient, this gradient can be affected by pulmonary perfusion.

Source: CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

CPCR: Improving resuscitation statistics (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

Anesthetic arrests and patients with reversible conditions should be resuscitated aggressively. Reasons for such a poor success rate include severity of underlying disease, delay in the recognition of CPA, and delay in delivery of appropriate therapy.

Source: CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

Nosocomial infections (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

Nosocomial infections are defined as infections that are neither present nor incubating at the time of hospital admission. Nosocomial infections range from mild to severe, depending on the affected system and resistance of the bacteria. On average, human nosocomial infections result in a 2.5 times longer length of stay in hospital.

Source: CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

What every technician should know about parvovirus (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) is a family of viruses that cause vomiting, hemorrhagic diarrhea, and leukopenia. The virus can infect dogs of any age but, because of effective client education and early, aggressive vaccination protocols, is commonly noted in dogs less than 1 year of age.

Source: CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

Block that pain! (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

Pain management is more than the latest popular terminology. It is an important part of veterinary dentistry. Many of the procedures performed on animals are painful and it is our duty as technicians to ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible. The deliver of local nerve blocks prior to performing many dental procedures or oral surgery is a great way to create preemptive analgesia. This can often be incorporated into a multimodal plan for pain control.

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Q&A: Talk clients through tough times to promote third-party payment plans

November 1, 2010

Q&A: Talk clients through tough times to promote third-party payment plans

Source: CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

Transfusion support for the bleeding patient (Proceedings)

November 1, 2010

Transfusion of blood products is an important lifesaving measure performed frequently in veterinary medicine. The decision to transfuse should not be taken lightly: it is costly and can frequently be clouded by complications. Blood transfusion therapy should be limited to the treatment of anemia, hypoproteinemia, coagulation disorders, or hemodynamic instability.

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