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MS069 – Emergency Surgery Mini Series

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Price: £327.00

This course is available online. Please see below for more details on how to attend this course via the Internet.

12 months access to recordings and course materials is included. Please note that these are webinar recordings and not live events. Full details on how to access the Mini Series will be emailed to you.

Product Description

Dealing with emergencies is stressful in anyone’s book. Our patients are in pain and distress and their owners are worried. We find ourselves having to perform complex interventions to stabilise the patient, undertake investigations to reach a diagnosis and make important treatment decisions, all under considerable time pressure. Many of the interventions required to stabilise the patient, from tracheostomy tube placement to gastrocentesis are infrequently performed in day-to-day practice and add to the challenge.

The key thing to alleviate stress and improve outcomes is to be prepared. In this emergency surgery course we will take a comprehensive ‘tour’ through the major body systems. We will take practical look at the interventions and equipment required to stabilise patients with common emergency conditions of the respiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. You will learn to prioritise the essential diagnostic investigations and how to interpret the results. We will cover the emergency surgery that can be performed in your practice with tips and tricks to increase your confidence and success.

  • Join Aidan McAlinden MVB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS for three 2-hour sessions
  • Case examples and essential practical tips from our expert tutor
  • Comprehensive notes to download
  • Self-assessment quizzes to ‘release’ your 8 hours CPD certification (don’t worry, you can take them more than once if you don’t quite hit the mark first time)
  • 12 Months access to recorded sessions
  • Superb value for money – learn without traffic jams or rota hassles
  • This Mini Series was originally broadcast in September 2014



Session 1

Surgical Emergencies of the Respiratory System

Surgical emergencies of the respiratory system are often the most imminently life-threatening and commonly encountered in practice. Compromise of this vital system can be the result of a diverse range of potential insults to the upper or lower respiratory tract, and we can find ourselves faced with anything from laryngeal collapse to pneumothorax. How do we differentiate upper respiratory obstruction from inadequate ventilation due to pleural disease? Should we intervene first and perform diagnostics later? Or vice versa? What investigations should we perform? This session will be quite practical and cover the when and how to perform thoracocentestis, tracheostomy and thoracostomy along with discussion on surgical management of the common conditions.

Key learning objectives:

  • Stabilisation of the respiratory emergency
  • Thoracocentesis, tracheostomy, thoracostomy: indications, when, how…..
  • Emerging conditions of the respiratory tract
  • Diaphragmatic herniorrhaphy
Session 2

Surgical Emergencies of the Gastrointestinal System

Surgical emergencies of the gastrointestinal system are an every day occurrence in many practices ranging from gastro-intestinal obstructions to GDVs. Nonetheless they can still be challenging to manage and complications from surgery can lead to the devastating complication of secondary, bacterial peritonitis. What is the best way to manage the hypovolaemic shock that many of these animals have at the time of presentation? Identification of radiopaque foreign bodies is easy but how do we differentiate obstruction with a radiolucent from generalised enteritis? How do you decide if bowel is viable and whether an enterectomy is required or not? All this will be combined with a refresher on the principles of gastrointestinal surgery that will hopefully help minimise your complications and maximise your outcomes.

Key learning objectives:

  • Stabilisation of patients with gastrointestinal obstruction
  • Decision-making and surgical treatment of GDV
  • How the management of focal and linear foreign bodies differs
  • Technique and principles of gastrointestinal surgery
  • Management of hemoabodmen
Session 3

Surgical Emergencies of the Urinary System

Managing patients with lower urinary tract obstruction and uroabdomen is an area where experience can help, particularly with regard to tips and tricks for relieving the obstruction. In this session we will share these tips with you, in addition to discussing the management of the life threating metabolic derangements these patients may experience and leave you feeling more confident in your approach. You will learn how to carry out common surgeries on the urinary system and in addition we will touch on some more novel treatments available for challenging cases.

Key learning objectives:

  • Management the metabolic derangements following post-renal obstruction
  • Temporary urinary diversion techniques
  • Tips and tricks to relieve lower urinary tract obstruction
  • Cystototomy, urethrotomy and urethrostomy: indications, when, how…..


The price includes all 3 sessions, notes and quiz – 8 hours of CPD

*No traffic jams, accommodation hassles, pet or childcare, rota clashes, locum fees ……….. just great CPD and a valuable ongoing resource.

*overseas customers will not be charged VAT

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