A balanced approach to nursing the patient with vestibular disease
Head tilt and nystagmus are common presentations in general practice. The clinical signs can be dramatic and very distressing to both the owner and the patient. It is important to be able to distinguish between central or peripheral vestibular disease because the appropriate diagnostic tests differ and it influences prognosis. Clinical signs of vestibular disease may include head tilt, nystagmus, strabismus, ataxia and circling. This lecture will cover the basic neuroanatomy of the vestibular system, the clinical signs or vestibular disease, the most common causes of vestibular disease and how understanding vestibular disease will help identify the nursing needs of the patient
A fitting way to nurse the seizure patient
Seizures are a common presentation in general practice and will often present as an emergency and are potentially life-threatening or life changing events. Seizures can be classified as generalised or focal seizures. Whilst it is usually easy to recognise generalised seizures, focal seizures can present in various ways and can mimic other paroxysmal events. Status epilepticus or severe cluster seizures can cause permanent neurological damage or even death. The causes of seizures will be considered and appropriate treatment discussed. How to treat an animal presenting in status epilepticus will be addressed and the nursing needs of the patient considered.
Lorna graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2005 with a double first in Neuroscience and Veterinary Medicine. After four enjoyable years in general practice, Lorna pursued her love for neurology and performed a three year residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Liverpool. During her residency, her research focused on seizures and in particular seizures in the juvenile dog. Lorna was awarded the diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 2012 and is an RCVS recognised specialist in veterinary neurology.
Lorna worked in several large multidisciplinary referral centres in the UK as a neurologist and neurosurgeon before joining Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists in July 2019. Lorna enjoys all aspects of neurology and neurosurgery and in particular, inflammatory diseases of the CNS, epilepsy and spinal surgery.