Tutored by Denise Prisk DipAVN (Surgical), VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), LTCL, LCGI, RVN
Everyone who is involved in anaesthesia should be able to deal with common complications. This course focuses on various emergency conditions, how and why they arise and the actions to take to try and remedy the situation, as well as any preventative measures that may be taken. Current techniques of performing CPR and resuscitation will be covered, and case studies will provide a platform for discussion. Aimed at vet nurses.
- Module 1 – Risks, hazards and errors: Many anaesthetic emergencies can be attributed to errors, either human or equipment errors, and many of these are avoidable. This module looks at some of the common reasons for accidents and how to minimise the risks of their occurrence.
- Module 2 – Respiratory complications: Respiratory problems may affect the respiratory system only or may lead to more serious or even fatal complications. This module examines those that are commonly seen in small animal practice and explains how to spot signs of impending difficulties.
- Module 3 – Hypothermia: Nearly all anaesthetised patients are prone to suffering from some degree of hypothermia. This is a serious anaesthetic emergency that, if untreated, can lead to cardiac arrest and death. The pathophysiology of hypothermia is explained in this module, which aims to improve understanding of how the body is affected and the effective measures that can be taken to prevent it.
- Module 4 – Hypotension: As with hypothermia, many anaesthetised patients suffer from hypotension. Causes, together with signs of impending hypotension, are discussed in this module. Treatments involving fluids and drugs are also outlined.
- Module 5 – Shock and hypovolaemia: Different types of shock are considered in this module, and signs of impending shock and hypovolaemia are explained. The physiology of circulatory shock is explored and the common fluids that are used to treat it are discussed.
- Module 6 – Cardiac emergencies and resuscitation: This module is split into several sections. The first two parts deals with common cardiac arrhythmias, why they arise, how to detect them and the treatments that are used. Part 3 covers cardiac arrest and resuscitation. The current RECOVER guidelines are explained and information in this module relates to the RECOVER initiative. Basic and advanced life support are covered in this module. It should be noted that the RECOVER guidelines are due to be updated in 2017 and the information given is current at the time of writing.
Vet CPD Online Tutored Courses take approximately 8 hours to complete and can be completed at your own pace and at any time over the course’s 3-week period. There are downloadable course notes and clinical cases to work through, plus – what makes our courses unique – a busy clinical forum where questions and answers are posted and where delegates have access to the instructor for the duration of the course. This always generates some lively discussions and the idea that no one should leave a course with any unanswered questions.
At the end of the course there is a final exam plus a Certificate of Completion for your CPD records.