Small talk and jibber jabber about small animal (canine, feline) Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ECC). Hosted by ECC specialist Shailen Jasani, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical care, episodes cover a variety of topics relating to ECC including literature references and evidence-based medicine considerations. So join us for some ECC small talk, why don't you?
Improving Patient Care (QI)
In this episode I am joined by my friends and colleagues, Stacey Davidson and Ru Clements of VetLed, to discuss the role of Quality Improvement (QI) in improving patient care.
We discuss what QI is and why you should be engaged with it. We also talk about the role of human factors and workplace culture in QI.
A description of many of the terms used in the episode can be found at the website here.
Apologies for the sometimes crackly sound quality on this episode.
VetLed Facebook page
Veterinary Human Factors private Facebook group started by VetLed
Sepsis and the Glycocalyx
This episode is focused on sepsis. I also talk about the relevance of the glycocalyx. And emphasise how much extrapolation there is from human medicine to veterinary practice.
Topics covered include:
Long-standing sepsis definitions and recently suggested updates History of sepsis management in human medicine; including early-goal directed therapy and Surviving Sepsis Campaign Recent large scale human trials: ProCESS (USA), ARISE (Australasia), ProMISe (UK) Key steps for managing the septic veterinary patient The glycocalyx: what it is, what it does, why it is relevant, implications for practice Click Here For Your FREE Copy of a Transcript of This Episode
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Although feline hypertension may be a rare reason for emergency presentation, it is a condition that most small animal practitioners will have encountered both in routine practice and in critical care patients.
This episode is based on the 2017 ISFM* Consensus Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Hypertension in Cats which were recently published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. The episode discusses the following points:
[*International Society of Feline Medicine]
Evidence base behind the Guidelines Secondary versus primary hypertension Target organ damage Monitoring and Underdiagnosis Which cats to monitor blood pressure in Importance of ensuring blood pressure is measured as accurately as possible with a reproducible technique White coat hypertension Defining normal blood pressure Criteria for therapeutic intervention and appropriate therapeutic targets What treatment to use Emergency treatment The episode is based on:
ISFM Consensus Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Hypertension in Cats. J Fel Med Surg 2017. 19:288–303.
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Hepatic Encephalopathy in Dogs and Cats
Hepatic encephalopathy is a relatively common condition in dogs and to a lesser extent in cats. It is a disorder that all clinical veterinary staff, and especially those working in Emergency and Critical Care, should be aware of.
This episode is based on a review article and covers the pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of hepatic encephalopathy in dogs and cats including comparisons with human medicine.
The episode is based on:
Lidbury JA, Cook AK, Steiner JM. Hepatic encephalopathy in dogs and cats. J Vet Emerg Crit Care 2016. 26 (4):471-487.
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Activated charcoal is a widely used therapy, especially in dogs, to facilitate gastrointestinal decontamination following toxin ingestion. Points covered in this episode include:
A reminder about what activated charcoal is and how it is meant to work Comments about the use of activated charcoal as a therapy contrasting human and veterinary medicine Contraindications and adverse effects Timing of administration Click Here For Your FREE Copy of a Transcript of This Episode
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Physiotherapy in the Critical Veterinary Inpatient
On this episode of the podcast I am joined by Kim Sheader (MSCP HCPC ACPAT Cat A, Chair ACPAT, RAMP), Chartered Veterinary and Human Physiotherapist, to discuss physiotherapy for the critical inpatient. Kim is a highly qualified and experienced physiotherapist and currently works with The Ralph Mobile Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation service.
I start by finding out about Kim’s background, training and experience in human and more recently veterinary physiotherapy. We then go on to discuss:
Physiotherapy for the critical patient with prolonged recumbency Physiotherapy for the dog with moderate-to-severe tetanus Respiratory physiotherapy, a subject about which Kim is especially passionate To contact Kim please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or message her via The Ralph MPRS website www.theralphphysio.vet.
These are so good! Please start recording them again. Recent Grad always looking for practical applied discussions of improving standard of care
Senior student at Ohio State University. Thank you for making these podcasts they are a way for me to be immersed in veterinary medicine at all times. I really appreciate your point of view and your scientific way of presenting the material.
I’m a recent vet school grad that just started my internship at a private practice in Pennsylvania in the US. I love the veterinary ECC small talk podcast. I have a 45 minute commute to and from work each day and these are the perfect length and level of detail that I feel like I’m really learning something each day and being productive during my drive. There have also already been several instances where something has come up in the internship that I just reviewed during my morning drive with you. Thank you for doing this! Love the variety of topics also. Keep it up!