VETERINARY MEDICINE, Jan 1, 2006 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Jan 1, 2006
Features
Performing a cardiovascular physical examination
By Barret J. Bulmer, DVM, MS, DACVIM (cardiology)
We often underuse the auscultation and physical examination techniques our predecessors mastered to successfully evaluate the cardiovascular system. Instead, we lean on echocardiography to offset the subtle nuances we fail to recognize.
Skills Laboratory: How to determine and interpret the mean electrical axis
By Deborah M. Fine, DVM, MS, DACVIM (cardiology)
You can easily detect most arrhythmias on physical examination, but you'll need an electrocardiogram to identify an arrhythmia's exact nature.
Anesthesia-related hypotension in a small-animal practice
By Andrea M. Gordon, CVT, BS , Ann E. Wagner, DVM, MS, DACVP, DACVA
Hypotension, usually defined as mean arterial blood pressure less than 60 mm Hg or systolic arterial blood pressure less than 90 mm Hg, is reportedly one of the most common complications associated with general anesthesia in dogs and cats.
Departments
Editors' Note: Delivering content practitioners can count on
By Margaret Rampey
Last month, editors at both The New England Journal of Medicine and the journal Science were put in the unfortunate position of having to publicly question the validity of data in studies they'd published earlier.
An Interview with... Dr. Steven F. Swaim
Find ways to stay passionate about your career, says this professor, author, and researcher. "The enthusiasm veterinary students express when they complete a surgical procedure has helped keep me enthused over the years."
Clinical Exposures: Mycobacterium avium infection in a dog
By Neil Allison, DVM, DACVP
A routine physical examination of a 1.5-year-old spayed female German shepherd that had been presented for vaccinations revealed generalized lymph node adenopathy and a slight fever (102.8 F).
Idea Exchange: Give the staff a little reminder
I use the screen savers on the clinic's computers as staff reminders.
Idea Exchange: Make sure you check your ABCs... and Xs
In the evening before we leave the clinic, we run through our ABCs.
Idea Exchange: Ice cream makes charcoal administration a treat
Administering oral activated charcoal (ToxiBan--Vet-A-Mix) to a 120-lb dog that doesn't want it can be difficult.
Idea Exchange: Get rid of stubborn blood stains
To get blood off drapes, wraps, or scrubs, spray the fabric with Antibacterial Fantastik All Purpose Heavy Duty Cleaner (S.C. Johnson & Son) while the blood is wet.
Mind Over Miller: See you in Hawaii
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
The 143rd American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) convention will be held in Honolulu, July 15 through 19. This will be the first time the AVMA has met in Hawaii, and I am pleased.

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