Emergency and Critical Care - Part 1 & Part 2
PART 1 (8-28 January 2018)
Part 1 will look at dealing with the presentation of emergency patient and how we can accurately assess and prioritise treatment for patients, along with looking at some common organ system presentations and specific indications for treatment, including the placement of tubes and drains.
Module 1: Triage and Initial Patient Assessment
Being proficient in the art of triage is essential for any member of veterinary staff. Emergency patients can present at any time so it is vital that staff are both confident and competent in dealing with them promptly and effectively. This module will take a step-by-step approach to the assessment and stabilisation of these patients including:
- Major body system assessment
- Clinical examination of patients
- Prioritisation of patients
Module 2: Shock and Emergency Fluid Therapy
This module looks at shock and what it means, the pathophysiology behind the different types of shock and how patients are assessed using different parameters and the very different approaches to treatment. The lecture will clarify these different types of shock and the approaches taken to correct the deficits.
Module 3: Dealing with respiratory emergencies
Dealing with the respiratory emergency can be a stressful time for all. This module will look at the recognition of respiratory distress and respiratory fatigue, and the methods of assessing ventilation and oxygenation, as well as techniques for stabilisation of these patients. Delegates will gain an understanding and improved confidence in:
- Recognising and localising respiratory disease
- Selecting and performing emergency oxygen administration techniques
- Placing and maintaining chest drains and tracheostomy tubes
Module 4: Nursing Care of the Renal and Urinary Emergency
Patients with renal and urinary disease can vary from animals with drug or toxin induced acute kidney disease, to the blocked cat. This module will review renal physiology, discuss the difference between acute and chronic kidney disease and how to manage these disease processes correctly.
- Understand the difference between acute and chronic kidney disease, including the treatment of anuria, oliguria and polyuria
- Gain knowledge on the managing the blocked patient
- Learn how to deal with the uroabdomen patient
Module 5: Dealing with traumatic wounds and fractures
This module will allow staff to deal with wounds, and make decisions in their treatment, with more confidence. This module will include: how to deal with wounds on initial patient presentation, which lavage fluids, options for wound debridement, and discuss the options for dressing open wounds.
PART 2 (5-25 March 2018)
Part 2 looks at specific organ system disorders of common emergency presentations including some aspects of their diagnosis which nursing staff are likely to be involved in, along with other essential aspects of emergency and critical care nursing such as effective pain scoring and commonly used analgesics as well as how to effectively perform CPR.
Module 1: Dealing with the Endocrine Emergency
The patient with endocrine disease can present at any time, irrespective of the type of clinic you work in, but rapid and effective treatment of these patients is paramount in order to gain a successful outcome. This module will cover a variety of endocrine disease including diabetic ketoacidosis, Addisonian crisis and hypoglycaemia. Delegates will gain improved knowledge and understanding of:
- Normal fluid and electrolyte movements
- Recognition and monitoring of fluid therapy complications
- How to assess and stabliise the emergency endocrine patient
Module 2: Dealing with the Head Trauma Patient
Head trauma patients are commonly seen in veterinary practice, and the treatment of these patients can prove challenging. In order to achieve a positive outcome in these cases, they required intensive treatment and nursing care and close attention to monitoring. This module includes the use of videos to allow the delegates to perform small animal coma scoring, to gain a better understanding of how this procedure is performed.
Module 3: Dealing with the Cardiac Patient
Nursing the cardiac patient can often be very stressful, along with determining the underlying cause of the patient’s issue. This module will recap cardiac physiology along with looking at commonly encountered diseases such as feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy and pericardial effusion as well as looking at diagnostic procedures such as ECGs and the diagnosis of arrhythmias.
Module 4: Analgesia and Pain Scoring
This module will focus on pain management and the use of analgesic drugs available. We will look at the recognition of pain, pain pathways, perioperative analgesia, as well as pain scoring.
Module 5: CPR
This module will look at the latest ‘RECOVER’ Veterinary CPR recommendations and how these guidelines can be applied practically in the ‘crash’ situation. We will take a step by step approach to CPR in order to improve outcome and we will look at how monitoring can be used to assess the efficacy of CPR being performed.
All our Tutored Online CPD Courses are written and taught by an expert in the relevant field. The tutor for this course is:
Louise O’Dwyer MBA BSc (Hons), VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia & ECC), Dip AVN (Medical & Surgical) RVN