Episode 006: Follow the MAP – It’s Truly a Work of Heart

Hey there, veterinary nurses and technicians!

Welcome back to another episode of The CARES VetMed Podcast! Today, we’re exploring the crucial role of mean arterial pressure (MAP) monitoring during general anesthesia.

We all know monitoring blood pressure is essential, but why is MAP so crucial? How do we calculate it? And what can it tell us about our patients’ perfusion and how they’re handling anesthesia?

In this episode, we’ll cover:

  • The importance of MAP monitoring: Why it’s not just about a number, but a key indicator of organ perfusion and overall health.
  • Calculating MAP: We’ll review the factors that impact the MAP value.
  • Anesthetic agents and their effects on MAP: Understanding how different anesthetic drugs can affect blood pressure and how to anticipate these changes.
  • Common causes of hypotension during anesthesia: We’ll discuss the most frequent culprits and how to identify them.
  • Intervening in hypotension: From fluid therapy to medications, we’ll explore the practical steps you can take to stabilize your patient’s MAP.

This episode is packed with practical tips and real-world insights, designed to empower you with the knowledge and confidence to monitor and manage MAP during anesthesia like a pro. So buckle up, grab your stethoscope, and let’s follow the MAP!

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