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Articles by Jennifer Keefe, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia)

Jennifer Keefe, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia)


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Continuous rate infusions in intraoperative pain management (Proceedings)
April 1, 2010

CRI stands for continuous rate infusion, and its use is becoming more prevalent in the veterinary field as a method to control intraoperative and postoperative pain. It was not long ago that the best options for surgical pain management were intramuscular or bolus injections of opioids, which remain acceptable options, but CRIs can be a better option for patients undergoing prolonged, invasive or painful procedures.

Anesthetic monitoring (Proceedings)
April 1, 2010

Monitoring anesthetized patients is imperative for all procedures. All anesthetic drugs act as cardiovascular and respiratory depressants on varying levels, and they can compromise a patient's homeostasis at unpredictable times in unpredictable ways. Crises are rapid in onset and devastating in nature.

Advanced anesthetic monitoring (Proceedings)
April 1, 2010

Critical patients and patients undergoing prolonged and invasive procedures may need more intensive monitoring due to their increased risk for anesthetic complications. Some of these methods of monitoring may become more common in the near future considering veterinary anesthesia has advanced dramatically over the past decade.

Fluid therapy in anesthesia (Proceedings)
April 1, 2010

All anesthetic drugs act as cardiovascular and respiratory depressants on varying levels, and they can compromise a patient's homeostasis at unpredictable times in unpredictable ways. A patient must maintain adequate blood pressure for the duration of any surgical procedure because prolonged anesthetic hypotension can have devastating effects such as renal failure or brain damage.

Special considerations in anesthesia (Proceedings)
April 1, 2010

Anesthesia is concerning for every patient, this is especially so when the patient has pre-existing conditions. The value of a thorough physical examination and detailed history cannot be underestimated as part of a balanced anesthetic plan because the goal of the plan is to maximize its' effects while minimizing patient complications.

Analgesic drugs and sedatives (Proceedings)
April 1, 2010

Pain management in veterinary medicine was practically unheard of twenty years ago, and it has advanced dramatically over the past decade. Not only is the physiology of pain and its effects becoming better understood, pain management is considered a vital part of most treatment plans.

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