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TECH170-1111: Anesthetic Complications-Arrhythmias

INSTRUCTOR(S): Dianne Hudson, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia)

COURSE OPEN: November 1-18, 2011

REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesday, November 8, 2011; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
*please note the session times
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first Real Time Session. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.

* The instructor for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend a Practice Session.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is focused toward veterinary technicians and veterinary technician students involved with anesthetizing patients. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single real time session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide a basic knowledge of arrhythmias seen in anesthesia patients. The discussion will include common causes and the hemodynamic effects arrhythmias can have on patients. Conditions which predispose patients to arrhythmias will also be covered. Treatment protocols and guidelines will be reviewed.

This course will consist of one (1) Real Time Session of ninety (90) minutes, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to be considered for a course certificate of completion. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single real time session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
** The lecture portion of this course will combine both text and audio presentation. Please be prepared to listen.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to identify and discuss

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Texbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbooks:

About the Instructor: Dianne Hudson has worked at the Oklahoma State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital since 1984. She has had a diverse career working in multiple departments including Small Animal Medicine, Equine Medicine and Surgery, Small Animal ICU as the Staff Supervisor in addition to her role as an anesthesia technician for the past 20 years. Dianne has had the pleasure of teaching ECG interpretation in a small group setting of a private practice, as a guest lecturer for Tulsa Community College, Murray State College and OSU-OKC veterinary technician programs as well as lecturing as far away as Germany for the European Based Army Veterinary Technicians as well on VSPN.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session November 8): ECGs and anesthesia
Content: Library notes will cover the common ECG waveforms seen in anesthesia patients starting with normal waveforms and progressing to common arrhythmias encountered in anesthesia patients. Additionally, the library materials will cover common causes and appropriate treatment protocols. The Real Time Session will focus on recognition of the various arrhythmias from different types of cases with a goal of reinforcing the correlation between underlying cause (disease or drug) and arrhythmias. The message boards will be used heavily to test the course participant's knowledge base with a variety of cases and ECG waveforms posted throughout the course with appropriate identification being the primary goal.

CE HOURS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for interaction in case studies on the message boards)

Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird if registered by October 18, 2011).
*Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).
** To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

**For more on how online CE works see the Participant Resource Center


  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) CEonVIN@vin.com or (VSPN CE) VSPNCE@vspn.org). Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 2.5 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).
Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
**Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
** For More Information on VSPN's upcoming CE Courses, check out http://www.vin.com/CE/VSPN/VSPN_M02231.htm

Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
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