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TECH128-1005: Pain Management of the Canine and Feline
Deneen Cordell, CVT
October 24 - November 28, 2005
Real Time Sessions: Thursday evenings, October 27, November 3, 10, and 17, 2005; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
This course will cover pain terminology, pain physiology, common pain syndromes, and help technicians to recognize signs of pain. The course reviews pharmacology and techniques such as local and regional blocks. Upon completion the student will be able to apply pain management strategies for specific conditions and procedures. By applying the concepts and techniques in this course the student will be better able to help implement a team approach to a Pain Management Program in clinical practice.
Veterinary technicians should consider this course especially if considering sitting for the VTS exam for anesthesia. This course is open to all veterinary staff working in the patient care and anesthesia sections of the hospital. Email VSPNCE@vspn.org for information about the price breaks for hospitals that enroll 5 or more employees. Please be sure to follow the "TO REGISTER" information below BEFORE you register.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
This week we will discuss pain terminology, physiology of pain, and pain recognition. We will discuss the processes of pain recognition. We will embrace the Pain Management Triad.
We will largely cover pharmacology. We will discuss certain drug categories and then have more involved discussion about drugs in each category. For example we will have a general coverage of opioids and then get in depth about fentanyl, morphine, buprenorphine and other opioids. We will cover opioids, alpha 2 adrenergic agonists, local anesthetics, NSAIDs, analgesic adjuvant agents, and transdermal patches.
This week will cover basic of local/regional blocks. The blocks that will be presented are the epidural, brachial plexus block, radial/ulnar/median nerve block, intra- articular analgesia, dental blocks, infiltrative block, intercostal nerve block, epidural catheters and other techniques using catheters. We will discuss how local/regional blocks work and what cases to use them on. We will cover drugs used for local/regional blocks and the dosages. We will cover some of the techniques used to perform the blocks and contraindications/complications associated with the block. We will also go over CRI (constant rate infusions) and transdermal patch use.
We will discuss adjunctive analgesic techniques briefly. This will include acupuncture, rehab, and other methods that can be added to your traditional pain management protocol.
We will then go in depth on protocols for specific conditions and procedures. We will discuss chronic pain and the difficulty that can be associated with the condition. We will end with how to implement pain management programs into clinical practice and the technician's role.
(The following texts are recommended)
Pain Management for the Small Animal Practitioner, 2nd Edition, Book and CD-ROM by Tranquilli, Grimm, Lamont. 2004. Teton publishing. This text can be purchased from the VIN Store: http://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=82352
Veterinary Anesthesia and Pain Management Secrets, Green (Ed). 2002. Elsevier publishing. This text can be purchased from the VIN Store: http://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=99635
Other course materials will be in the form of handouts and slideshows/web tours. There will also be a list of sources where the materials were retrieved to help create this course.
Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion. Due to the amount of material to be covered, it is highly recommended the student comes to class having reviewed the handouts for that week, reviewed the previous week's homework and study guide, utilized the message boards for the course, and is prepared to interact during the real time session.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
CE HOURS: 6 (RACE applied for)
Registration: $102 ($ 92 early bird special if registered before October 10, 2005).
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)
*VT students: You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program directors name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
** NOTE: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.
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