This course will highlight the importance of basic hands-on monitoring of patients undergoing anaesthesia. It will help you gain the tools to monitor patients effectively and safely, recognise and pre-empt any potential problems, and the actions to take to avoid or rectify them.
Knowing your individual patient (prior to drug administration) is key to be able to monitor your patient effectively. With this in mind, we will discuss the importance of pre-anaesthetic assessment and why the veterinary nurse role in this area is important in improving patient safety.
The importance and use of anaesthetic records and recording monitoring information will be explored along with the advantages of the implementation of safety checklists.
We will explore how you can gain more information from the monitoring of parameters such as heart rate, pulse, respiratory rate and characteristics, eye position etc. We will highlight the different characteristics that may present under anaesthesia, depending on the anaesthetic and analgesic agents used.
We will touch on fluid therapy under anaesthesia, and look at current best practice.
This course will concentrate on dogs and cats.
This course is accredited by the AVA.
Please note that if you are a nursing assistant or unqualified member of staff, then you must be aware of the limitations with regard to anaesthesia with respect to the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct, or regulatory body in the country in which you work.
Course topics covered include:
The role of the veterinary nurse
How to perform a pre-anaesthetic assessment
How to deal with unexpected clinical findings
What should be recorded and why
What should be included in the clinical record
What should be included in your safety checklist
How you might implement and monitor use of this tool
What they mean and how to gain more information from them
Pulse palpation and assessment
Respiratory rate and importance of assessing characteristics
Capillary refill time and mucous membrane colour
Different anaesthetic and analgesic drugs
How different drugs impact on your observations before, during and after anaesthesia
Understand what is benign and what might be having a negative impact on your patient
Briefly explore fluid therapy under general anaesthesia
Current best practice
By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:
Identify and apply the steps required for pre-anaesthetic assessments, and recognise their importance in anaesthetic safety
Discuss and carry out basic monitoring techniques on canine and feline patients
Select and review appropriate anaesthetic monitoring charts and checklists, and recognise their value in anaesthesia monitoring
Recognise the effects of different drugs on monitoring parameters, and identify benign effects and those that may have a negative impact
Course resources include:
Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
Lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
Supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your learning
Assessed coursework with constructive feedback from your tutor
Practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
Access to the course materials for a period after the course
Course duration: 3 weeks (8 hours flexible/self-directed study time)
Course type: Fully supported and interactive online learning with assessed coursework
Tutor: Vicky Ford-Fennah
Suitable for: Vets, Veterinary Nurses & Veterinary Technicians and Students