As the world of anesthesia is a complex and multi-faceted aspect of veterinary medicine, the anesthetist needs the knowledge and tools to provide a safe, balanced, and pain-free anesthetic experience for all patients, including the healthy and critically ill patients. Dr. Lauren Duffee, a boarded veterinary anesthesiologist, talks with other veterinary technicians to review important anesthesia topics in an approachable manner.
Managing Hypotension #2 - Five Step Approach
This episode continues our discussion of managing low blood pressure under anesthesia. Together, we lay out my 5 step approach to hypotension - 1) Evaluate the patient 2) Reduce the inhalant if possible 3) Normalize heart rate, 4) Fluid support, and lastly, 5) Pressors, and/or positive inotropes.
Managing Hypotension #1
This episode is the first of a three-part series addressing perioperative hypotension. Today we briefly review some cardiovascular physiology and the buzzwords around blood pressure management and discuss the 3 main approaches to monitoring blood pressure. This episode will give us a good background to discuss my 5-step approach to hypotension management in the OR.
Cats are Not Small Dogs
In this episode, we dive into the particulars of feline anesthesia. We offer our tips and tricks to intubation, managing hypotension and bradycardia, and understanding the differences in drug choices.
Preparing for A Case
Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance! In this episode we discuss tips on preparing yourself for an anesthesia case - how to pick out important parts of the clinical history, the basics of interpreting blood work, and how we like to set up our induction and surgical areas.
This episode discusses the various types of opioid medications - including hydromorphone, methadone, fentanyl, butorphanol, and buprenorphine. We will discuss how these drugs affect the body as a class, but also about the differences between these medications. After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of how to choose an opioid for your patient and what complications you should expect.
Atropine vs Glycopyrrolate
In this episode, we will learn about anticholinergics - what they are, how they work, and when to use them.