High Risk Anaesthesia
This course is available online. Please see below for more details on how to attend this course via the Internet.
It’s 7pm on a Thursday evening, and everyone else has left except you and the vet on duty. An emergency has been rushed in. A dog with a deep laceration to his shoulder, with active haemorrhage. The dog appears shocked and the owners say he’s already lost quite a lot of blood. He needs anaesthesia and surgery straight away to repair the wound and arrest the haemorrhage. Help!
Anaesthesia of high risk patients is an area where vet nurses and techs need to feel confident and competent, and clear protocols for dealing with these patients are also of great importance to ensure safety and consistency.
This course will focus on anaesthesia of patients that are deemed to be a poor anaesthetic risk and will pay particular attention to conditions such as GDV, sepsis, shock and hypovolaemia. You will explore haemodynamic complications that occur and discuss ways in which these patients can be managed under anaesthesia in order to minimise such problems. This will include patient stabilisation prior to anaesthesia and methods used to monitor them perioperatively in order to recognise potential complications.The different types of shock will be considered, together with appropriate management.
With the guidance of your tutor, you will then go on to formulate your own outline protocols for management of anaesthesia in high-risk patients that are tailored to the facilities in your clinic.