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TECH177-0111: Fundamentals of Small Animal Anesthesia Module 1
INSTRUCTOR(S): Darci Palmer, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia) and Brenda Feller, CVT, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
COURSE OPEN: January 13-February 20, 2011
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Thursdays, January 20 and 27, and February 3 and 10, 2011; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
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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 RTS. 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 RTS.
Level and Prerequisites: This course is focused towards the technician who routinely deals with anesthesia case management. Veterinarians are highly encouraged to enroll with their veterinary technicians to work as a team in anesthesia. Module 1 is a required prerequisite for Module 2 to help insure a complete understanding of the basic principles of anesthesia before learning how to develop an anesthesia protocol. These modules are approved CE for those applicants applying for their VTS (Anesthesia)
VSPN CE course: open to all VIN members and VSPN. This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
This is module 1 of a 2 module course designed to provide the foundation principles of canine and feline anesthesia. The series will present a systematic approach to anesthesia case management starting with the basic essentials in module 1 and ending with anesthetic complications in module 2. Module 1 will focus on becoming familiar with the anesthesia machine parts and their functions; the importance of airway management; common monitoring modalities and how to interpret the values; and pre-operative considerations for the patient. At the end of the series the participant should feel more comfortable with the equipment and monitoring devices used during anesthesia and will be prepared to collaborate with their veterinarian on the development of an anesthesia protocol that is tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient.
Module 1 consists of four (4) real time interactive sessions of ninety minutes (90) each covering discussion of situations; online quizzes reinforcing the handouts and real time sessions; and interactive message boards to discuss the real time sessions and materials. The goal of the online quizzes is to test the participant's knowledge of the material covered discussed in each session and presented in the handouts.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to discuss and interpret
About the Instructors: Darci Palmer has been working specifically in anesthesia since 2001. The majority of her experience comes from working in a university setting where her primary duties are to assist in the instruction of 4th year veterinary students during their anesthesia rotation. Brenda Feller, as a student at Michigan State University developed an interest in anesthesia. After graduation she worked in a general practice for a few years before moving on to the Anesthesia Department at the University of Illinois Veterinary College. Here she honed her skills and anesthesia became a passion. She has furthered her interest at a specialty practice where her main focus has been anesthesia and pain management. In addition to her VSPN duties she is also a featured speaker on the topic of anesthesia at a variety of veterinary conferences in the US and Canada.
Week 1 (Real Time Session January 20): Anesthesia Machine and Ventilators
Content: In the initial week we will concentrate on the parts of the anesthesia machine including an in depth discussion about function and proper use, selecting the appropriate breathing system, setting up and pressure checking the machine. We will also cover the parts and function of a ventilator as well as specific terminology associated with ventilators and ventilation.
Week 2 (Real Time Session January 27): Airway Management
Content: We will cover in depth discussion on the types, parts and function of endotracheal tubes; advantages of utilizing an endotracheal tube; selecting the proper endotracheal tube; steps for intubation and proper cuff inflation; extubation and complications that can arise; alternative techniques for intubation; complications from intubation; and cleaning and storage of endotracheal tubes.
Week 3 (Real Time Session February 3): Monitoring and the Anesthesia Record
Content: The importance of monitoring a patient under anesthesia and the purpose of an anesthesia record are essential for proper patient care. We will include discussion on the types of monitoring equipment available to assess the central nervous system, cardiovascular and respiratory systems as well as miscellaneous parameters and how to interpret what the numbers are saying. Finally, we will cover the limitations of monitoring equipment and the assessment of post-operative pain.
Week 4 (Real Time Session February 10): Pre-operative Period
Content: In this last week we will take an in depth look at what information should be gathered about the patient in order to formulate an anesthesia protocol and how to determine ASA status. Pre-operative considerations such as fluid therapy, IV catheterization, and fasting will be reviewed. Case based discussions will help the participant focus on the importance of pre-operative planning. Intra-operative considerations and patient specific considerations that relate to specific breeds or age of the patient will complete this week.
CE HOURS: 6
Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by December 30, 2010).
*Enroll in both Modules before January 20, 2011 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price.
*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.
** 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 VSPN Participant's Resource Center
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & VSPN CE Director
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