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How I Do Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access

Placement of arterial catheters and obtaining venous access is sometimes difficult, especially in patients with impaired cardiovascular function. This session will discuss the use of ultrasound to assist the provider in obtaining arterial and access.

Speaker(s):
  • Noah Jones, BSRT, RRT-ACCS, RCP, RVT, VTS (LAM-Research Anesthetist)
Free

The S Word: Understanding SIRS and Sepsis

Many patients in the ICU are at risk for or are suffering from SIRS and sepsis. Can you recognize these syndromes? Do you know which patients are at risk? Beginning with an overview of the physiology of these disease processes, this lecture will help veterinary technicians and nurses become more confident monitoring at-risk critical patients and help them recognize problems early and know how to intervene

Speaker(s):
  • Megan Brashear, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC), Small Animal Veterinary Nursing Manager, Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Free

Phlebotomy: Beyond the Cephalic - It's Not the Final Frontier

This session will cover both commonly used, and less commonly used blood collection sites. Handling of blood samples will discussed, as will tips for difficult veins and patients. Then a little bit on blood collection in exotic species.

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Free

The Smallest Sagas: Common Pediatric ER Presentations

Are you over your head the smaller/younger your patients are?Treating pediatric patients in the ER can be overwhelming--they're small, they're sick, and there isn't a lot of information about what's normal for this life stage. This lecture focuses on the most common pediatric ER presentations with an emphasis on hypothermia, hypoglycemia, hypoxia, and trauma. Congenital abnormalities and infectious disease will also be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on a thorough history, PE, nursing interventions, and nutritional support.

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She's So Basic: "Basic" Nursing Care With Big Impact

On any given shift, veterinary technicians make hundreds of decisions regarding the care of their patients. This lecture focuses on easy changes technicians and nurses can make to improve patient care with a focus on the concepts of calmness, cleanliness, and comfort. Evaluation of patients for pain, anxiety, and dysphoria will be covered along with pain scoring systems and anxiolytic medications. Patient comfort concepts will also be covered, including bedding options, enhanced traction and mobility, bathing, recumbent patient care, interaction, kangaroo care, play, and exercise. The prevention and treatment of iatrogenic complications (decubitus ulcers, fecal/urine scald) will be discussed in detail along with tips from the trenches. Special care of the geriatric patient will also be included.

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Free

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Local Blocks

Local blocks are a skill that is becoming more commonly used within the veterinary practice to compliment a multimodal approach to each and every patients’ analgesic plan. There is a variety of local blocks that can be done, for this session the blocks that will be covered are: epidurals, epidural catheters, intercostal blocks, infiltration blocks, brachial plexus blocks, interpleural blocks and soaker catheters.

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Reflections of the Heart: Introduction to Echocardiography

Echocardiography is a non-invasive diagnostic tool used for the assessment of cardiac disease, which is becoming more common in private practice as well as a specialty practice. Veterinary technicians often assist with this procedure, and may even perform an echocardiogram in some instances. This session will introduce the anatomy and standard image planes used in echocardiography and the anatomy seen in those planes. There will also be a discussion of the measurements and assessments that can be made from echocardiography. Finally, some examples of the abnormal cardiac disease will be presented.

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Difficult Intubations

Whether it be brachycephalic breeds, a fractured jaw, fused TMJ joint or just normal anatomy of different species, we have all come across THAT patient, that is not the easiest to intubate. There is a variety of methods you can use to make some intubations just that little bit easier to get the endotracheal tube in the trachea first go.

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Free

Blood Pressure and its Management

Blood pressure (BP) measurement is a valuable tool for veterinary medicine. This presentation will cover methodologies for BP measurement, including invasive and noninvasive. Tips for success in non-invasive measurements will be included. A discussion of hypertension and hypotension will be included, covering causes and treatment strategies. Comprehension of basic perfusion physiology is recommended. The concepts of cardiac output, preload, afterload, and contractility will be utilized.

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Advanced Blood Gas Interpretation

This lecture assumes basic acid/base understanding of the audience and expands into a deeper interpretation of arterial blood gas results and interpretation of oxygen and ventilation status. Case studies will be utilized to understand how arterial blood gas results guide treatment plans and mechanical ventilation. An introduction to mixed disorders deepens understanding of acid base effects on the body.

Speaker(s):
  • Megan Brashear, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC), Small Animal Veterinary Nursing Manager, Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Free