Animal Health Solutions

Q2 2021

Animal Health Solution - a Covetrus magazine for veterinary professionals

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33 Q2 2021 | Animal Health Solutions Increase anesthesia skills in a safe environment Training begins with a half-day review of anesthesia and monitoring best practices. A veterinary technician specialist (anesthesia and analgesia) will show you how to efficiently operate and maintain your equipment for optimal performance. Hands-on exploration of the anesthesia machine and monitor sets the foundation for the remaining education modules. The second half of the day is dedicated to practical applications and clinical simulations where you will be presented with real-life scenarios involving a variety of anesthetic complications. As clinical decisions are made by your team, the proprietary software monitoring program adjusts the physical responses and vital signs of the patient to mimic real-life clinical events. According to Jennifer Sager, BS, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia and ECC), Midmark Anesthesia Trainer, "Anesthesia can be scary for pet owners. As technicians and veterinarians performing anesthesia, it's important to have the highest amount of knowledge and the highest amount of skill. This simulation training helps us do that." Each clinical scenario is designed to enhance team communications and support critical thinking and sound medical responses to stressful situations, including equipment failure, hypotension, hypercapnia, and cardiac arrhythmia. After each scenario, the instructor will lead your team through a debriefing session, allowing everyone to discuss the decisions made during the simulation. This feedback is provided in a supportive and constructive manner where your team can focus on leveraging strengths, improving performance, and practicing responses to common problems encountered in anesthetic cases. Take your clinical performance to the next level "We don't want fear to discourage veterinarians from offering their clients additional procedures that require anesthesia—like dentistry," says 8 hours RACE CE (10+ hours with pre-learning courses) Learning objectives: Identify and manage anesthetic complications in your patients. Recognize and respond to changes in blood pressure, CO 2 and cardiac arrhythmias, leading contributors to anesthetic emergencies. Increase confidence in operating and maintaining your anesthesia and monitoring equipment. Practice communicating effectively in surgical situations and managing stress for better outcomes. Level-set your clinical team on best practices in anesthetic case management. Join the learning experience: Veterinarians and credentialed technicians who complete this session will earn 8 hours of CE credit (10+ hours with pre-learning courses).* At least one DVM should be a participant on training day. *This in-clinic training has been approved for 8 hours of continuing education credit, with 10+ hours of continuing education credit available when pre-learning courses are completed, in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. Price and availability vary for clinics located outside the continental United States. Andrew Schultz, Director of Business Development and Clinical Services for Midmark. "Honing your skills in a safe, structured learning environment reduces stress and supports better outcomes for patients." For veterinary care teams looking to polish clinical performance and gain the confidence to deliver best-practice anesthesia care, the Foundations in Veterinary Anesthesia and Simulation Workshop may be the logical step in that direction. Past participants agree: "Medicine changes every day and we want to better ourselves every day," shares Art Khachatryan, DVM, Medical Director at Sumner Veterinary Hospital. "This kind of training helps us provide a higher quality of care for our clients." If you are ready to start your journey to improving your anesthesia delivery, see the box above for course details and how to register.

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