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TECH171-0709 : Anesthetic Complications: Blood Pressure - Causes and Treatments

Dianne Hudson, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia)

July 9-26, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Thursday evening, July 16, 2009; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)

This course is designed to provide a basic knowledge of hypotension seen in anesthesia patients. The discussion will include causes for hypotension, techniques to reduce the incidence of hypotension, and steps to address hypotension including the drugs used to treat this common anesthesia problem.

Dianne Hudson has been the veterinary technician supervisor of Oklahoma State University's Veterinary School Intensive Care Unit for several years in addition to over 18 years working in and with the anesthesia department. Dianne has had the pleasure of teaching ECG interpretation in both small and large group settings in private practice, veterinary technology programs, and online. She has lectured at a number of veterinary conferences worldwide. This course will have one (1) real time interactive session of ninety (90) minutes covering discussion of situations; homework reinforcing the handouts and real time session; interactive message boards to discuss the real time sessions and case studies which will be posted regularly; and an online final exam. 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.

All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; however, this course is focused toward veterinary technicians and veterinary technician students involved with anesthetizing patients.

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

Overall Goal: Describe and discuss hypotension seen in anesthesia patients and understand treatment protocols.

TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course; however, the instructor recommends the following:

Library notes will cover hypotension in the small animal anesthesia patient. The course will discuss causes of hypotension and techniques for minimizing hypotension. We will then review the steps to addressing hypotension with a focus on inotropes and vasopressures.

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

$50 ($45 early bird special if registered before June 25, 2009).
*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.

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