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EMRG101-1106: Severe Trauma in the Dog : Approach to the Traumatic Hemoabdomen

INSTRUCTOR:
Thomas K. Day, DVM, MS, DACVA, DACVECC

DATES:
November 28 - December 12, 2006
Real-time sessions: Tuesdays, November 28 and December 5; 9:30 - 11:30 pm ET (USA)

Course Description
The second course in the series "Severe Trauma in the Dog" will concentrate on one specific injury, peritoneal hemorrhage, and the decision making process as to if, when and how to pursue surgery.

The first course, "Severe Trauma in the Dog: The First 15 minutes" covered primary and secondary assessment, initial fluid therapy and initial pain management. This second course will revisit the primary assessment immediately following the first 15 minutes. The diagnosis of peritoneal hemorrhage is highly dependent upon rapid decision-making. Patient management decisions will be discussed in detail leading up to the decision on whether or not to pursue surgical intervention.

The following techniques will be discussed: abdominocentesis, FAST (Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma) imaging, shock trouser placement, hypotensive resuscitation, anesthetic techniques, initial surgical approach, rapid splenectomy, liver lobectomy and initial postoperative monitoring.

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1 (11/28):
Topics include: revisiting the primary assessment, FAST imaging, diagnosis of hemoperitoneum, hypotensive resuscitation, shock trouser placement and decision-making for surgical intervention.

Week 2 (12/5):
Topics include anesthetic techniques, initial surgical approach, rapid splenectomy, liver lobectomy and initial postoperative management (including use of blood products and hemodynamic support).

MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and continue for 7 days following the last real-time session.

CE HOURS: 4

TUITION:
$70 ($63 early bird special if registered by November 14, 2006).
VIN CE Course Open to VSPN'ers

The Severe Trauma in the Dog: The First 15 Minutes course is highly recommended as a prerequisite course, but not required. There will be a brief overview of the high points of that course in the first session of this course.

For veterinary technicians interested in the course, be advised this is an advanced course. As a prerequisite to enrollment, you must: 1) have a VTS (Emergency and Critical Care) credential OR you must be working in a clinic (preferably an emergency clinic) with a minimum of 3 years experience AND 2) you must have a veterinarian at your clinic email us (CEonVIN@vin.com) with assurance that you are qualified to study and understand the advanced techniques and concepts listed in the course description above. If you do not meet these requirements but still would like to take the course, please email us (CEonVIN@vin.com) describing your education and experience level.

Required Textbook:
None

Recommended Textbooks:

Manual of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, 1st edition - Macintire, Drobatz, Haskins, Saxon; Lippincott Williams Wilkins - 2004
Chapter 1, Approach to the Emergency Patient
Available in the VIN bookstore: https://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=99715
Be sure to log-in to receive your member discount.

Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice, Emergency Medicine, 1994

The Veterinary ICU Book, 2nd edition - Wingfield, Raffe; Teton NewMedia - 2002
Chapter 6, Emergency Vascular Access and Intravenous Catheterization
(This text will be reprinted in December 2006 according to the publisher.)

For More Information on VIN's Upcoming CE Courses, check out http://www.VIN.com/CE/Catalog.htm

"This program was submitted (but not yet approved) by AAVSB's RACE program for continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB's RACE program at race@aavsb.org should you have any comments/suggestions regarding this program's validity or relevance to the veterinary profession."


COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.

Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.


Debbie Friedler
Coordinator
Continual Education Division
Veterinary Information Network
CEonVIN@vin.com

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