General Anaesthesia for Nurses
This course is suitable for qualified and trainee veterinary nurses who have an interest in small animal anaesthesia and wish to further their knowledge. The aim of the course is to encourage you to think about anaesthesia from a cellular level upwards and strengthen the theoretical and practical knowledge that you are already using on a daily basis whilst encouraging and stimulating you to look at new ways in which you can support your patients during the whole anaesthesia process. Anaesthesia can be improved on so many levels, you do not have to have all the fancy equipment, but a thorough knowledge of the application of the equipment you are using and the individual patient you are presented with, will result in an overall stronger anaesthesia protocol.
Topics to be covered include:
- What anaesthesia is and the importance of tissue perfusion
- Checking the anaesthetic machine and circuits correctly
- Closer look at circuits and flow rates
- The use of anaesthetic checklists
- Depth of anaesthesia – how to use as little volatile agent as possible and why this is so important
- Intraoperative analgesia
- Advanced anaesthetic monitoring – using the equipment you have to its full potential and being able to interpret the beeps and numbers
- What happens when it all goes wrong – an update on CPR; are you doing it correctly?