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TECH162-0109 : Running on the Lytes: Fluid Administration and Calculation Module 2
Lindan Spromberg, LVT, BS, VTS (ECC)
January 5-February 9, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Friday evenings; January 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2009; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
This is the second module of the two-part series on Electrolytes and Fluid Administration. This module is designed to introduce fluid administration in veterinary medicine and to discuss fluid choices during electrolyte and fluid emergencies. The course's overall focus is to teach the veterinary technician how to help veterinarians identify electrolyte imbalances and be able to understand the different fluid options to correct those changes or fluids to avoid. Coverage of frequently used crystalloids and colloids solutions, fluid rate calculations, and common electrolytes emergencies will be included.
This course is recommended for veterinary technicians, especially those credentialed veterinary technicians seeking their Veterinary Technician Specialty certificate in Emergency Critical Care. Knowledge of cell physiology and types of fluid therapy support available for each individual patient is key for the veterinarian and veterinary technicians addressing a patient's individual and changing needs. This course will be submitted for RACE for veterinarians as well.
Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to
Week 1: Electrolytes and physiology (review of Module 1)
Content: This week we will review the information learned in module 1 and discuss in detail how fluid moves through the body compartments. Vascular anatomy and physiology will be introduced and we will discuss how the vascular endothelium system reacts to stress.
Week 2: Calculation of fluid rates
Content: This week will include introduction calculations used to determine appropriate fluid administration rates. Students will be taught calculations for maintenance, surgical, and shock fluid rates, and will learn when each of these rates are indicated and contraindicated.
Week 3: Fluid emergencies
Content: During this week we will discuss common fluid emergencies seen in veterinary medicine and how to treat these emergencies. Week three will combine the information taught from the first module and from weeks one and two of this module.
Week 4: Warning signs of electrolyte disturbances
Content: During the last week, we will discuss common electrolyte emergencies seen in veterinary medicine and how to treat these emergencies. We will discuss how to properly correct electrolyte imbalances and how to look for warning signs indicating electrolyte disturbances.
LIBRARY MATERIALS: 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.
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
$117 ($105.00 early bird special if registered before December 22, 2008).
Enroll in both Lytes modules prior to October 3, 2008 to receive a 15% discount off the regular registration price of each module. Module 1 is highly recommended prior to taking Module 2. *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). 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 director's 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.
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator
1-800-846-0028 or 1-530-297-4950, ext 187
777 West Covell Blvd, Davis, CA 95616
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