Denise Prisk

Advanced anaesthetic monitoring – a case study

Denise Prisk ~ DipAVN Surgical VTS Anesthesia Analgesia LTCL LCGI RVN

Monitoring of anaesthetised patients to the best of one’s ability is crucial, using whatever equipment is available. This lecture will look at some basic and advanced monitoring t techniques and show how the information gained can be used to manipulate anaesthesia in a bid to keep the patient safer.

The lecture will be illustrated by using a real-life case study, showing how the values obtained during states such as hypothermia and hypotension are used, according to the anaesthetic plan.

Pain management – assessment and treatment options

Managing pain is an important part of the veterinary nurse’s role and it often falls to the nurse to assess pain in their patients. Accurate assessment and reporting of pain will help prevent acute pain from turning into chronic pain, in surgical patients, and can provide early intervention in both surgical and medical patients.

Different pain assessment tools will be examined in this lecture and a brief overview given to the various types of analgesic drugs and methods of providing analgesia that are available to us.

Head trauma and how to deal with it

Head trauma may or may not be immediately obvious and this lecture will look at some of the more common types of head injury that present in small animal practice. The consequences of brain injury are many and it is necessary to have a basic knowledge of physiology in order to understand the implications. Part of this lecture will therefore be given to explaining physiology and terminology relating to the brain.

How to manage patients under anaesthesia will be briefly covered, as well as nursing medical head trauma patients.