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VSPN CE Course TECH243-0817: ICU Boot Camp
Text: The lectures for this course will be presented in a text format.

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Presenter: Paula Plummer, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
Course Open: August 8, 2017-September 15, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, August 15, 22, 29 and September 5, 2017; 8:00-9:30pm; 8:00-9:30pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is designed for veterinary technicians or assistants that have recently entered the field and would like to advance their knowledge of intensive care unit protocols and monitoring. VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff. This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians/technologists.(22-29883)

Course Description:
The intensive care unit is the core of most veterinary hospitals. This course will help give you the knowledge to be able to manage your cases well. We will start with infection control by learning how to protect yourself and patients with suggested protocols for the hospitalized patient. We will present a logical approach to patient assessment and nursing care. This course will also bring you up to date with the current recommendations for performing CPR. Medical math will be covered, including calculating drug dosages, constant rate infusions, and nutritional requirements. This course will also discuss shift work and some methods to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout to benefit both you and your patients.

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 15): Protecting the Patient and the Team
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session August 22): Patient Assessment and CPR
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session August 29): Understanding Medical Math
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session September 5): Taking Care of the Caregiver
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

*To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.

Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenter:
Paula Plummer, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) has been in the veterinary field for almost 20 years in academia and small animal private practice. Paula attained her VTS (ECC) in 2011, her VTS (SAIM) in 2014 and is one of the organizing committee members for the new AVTCP-Feline specialty. She currently works at Texas A & M University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in the Feline Internal Medicine Department. She has worked most of her career in emergency and critical care medicine and feline internal medicine. She teaches a variety of skill labs to veterinary students and technicians and has lectured at local, regional and nation continuing education conferences and online CE courses on internal medicine, emergency and critical care topics.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by July 25, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* 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 at 5pm ET on August 15, 2017, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

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  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 800-846-0028 ext. 792 or email VSPNCE@vspn.org. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This program 22-29883 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 0.00 CE Credits (0.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 6.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (6.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Category One: Scientific Category Two: Non-Scientific-Clinical Category Three: Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements. RACE does not "accredit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program."

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 VSPN office 800-846-0028 ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VSPN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 792.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN Director/VSPN CE Director

VSPN CE Services: VSPNCE@vspn.org
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
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