The Foundational Anesthesia Course

When it comes to Veterinary Anesthesia Nursing…

It’s not just about recording vitals.

Comprehension is key.

THE ANESTHESIA MACHINE

Your Wingman in the OR

Hey there, fellow anesthetist! You’re the pilot, and your anesthesia machine is your plane. Knowing it inside and out is like having a superpower when it comes to keeping our furry patients safe.

  • Mastering the Controls: You are responsible for every dial, gauge, and setting. Knowing how to adjust them ensures smooth, safe anesthesia for our patients.
  • Understanding the Puzzle: Each component works together—oxygen flow, vaporizer, breathing circuit, and monitoring devices. This understanding helps you anticipate and troubleshoot issues before they become problems.
  • Prevent Surprises: A well-maintained machine is critical, but knowing its quirks can be a lifesaver in a pinch.
  • Extra Effort Pays Off. Learning the ins and outs of your anesthesia machine can go a long way toward keeping your furry friends safe and sound.

THE MONITORING EQUIPMENT

Your Patient’s Voice

You’re the guardian angel of your patient under anesthesia. Think of them as deeply asleep; your job is to watch over them like a hawk.

  • Vital Signs Matter: Although unconscious, their bodies are still at work, and things can change quickly. You need to ensure their breathing is steady, their heart is beating strong, and their temperature is just right.
  • Beyond the Machines: While monitoring equipment provides valuable information, you can’t rely on it alone. Use your hands to feel their pulse, check their eyes, and ensure their breathing isn’t too shallow or fast.
  • Catching Problems Early: You are their superhero, who can spot potential issues before they become critical.
  • Rewarding Responsibility: Hands-on monitoring is vital for a safe and healthy recovery. It’s a big responsibility, but it can be very rewarding as you ensure your patients wake up happy and healthy after their surgery.

PHARMACOLOGY

A Tailored Protocol for Every Patient

Understanding the pharmacologic effects of commonly used anesthetic agents is essential for patient safety.

  • Patient-Specific Approach: Create a tailored protocol incorporating the patient’s signalment, potential comorbidities, and planned procedure.
  • The Right Choice for the Right Patient: When selecting anesthetic agents and doses, consider age, breed, weight, and health status.
  • Anticipate and Adapt: Be prepared to adjust the protocol based on the patient’s response and any unexpected changes during the procedure.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

A Critical Thinker Is Born!

By mastering the anesthesia machine, staying vigilant with monitoring, and understanding the pharmacology of anesthetic agents, you become a critical and vital part of the care team, ensuring safe and successful anesthesia for your patients. It’s not just about recording vitals – it’s about providing skilled care and constant attention and ensuring each patient wakes up with their heads butting or tails wagging.

The FOUNDATIONAL ANESTHESIA COURSE is an in-clinic training session provided by one of our experienced team members.

At CARES VetMed, we’re not just building a business, we’re building a community. We’re passionate about connecting people, fostering collaboration, and creating a space where everyone feels welcome and supported. Seeing the individuals and teams we work with thrive while supporting each other is the ultimate reward for our efforts. And helping animals in the process is pretty cool, too.

– Tracey (CARES VetMed Co-Founder)

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