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TECH182-0210 : Feeding Tubes-Complications and Maintenance
Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
February 1-February 21, 2010
Real Time Sessions: Friday evenings, February 5 and 12, 2010; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
You have finally gotten a feeding tube in that anorexic patient. What challenges are yet in store for you? This course will cover typical management issues as well as common complications of feeding tubes. Participants will learn how to treat and more importantly how to avoid many of these issues encountered in feeding tube use. This course will also utilize an interactive session to work through actual cases, set up feeding plans and address common complications.
Ann Wortinger is a published author and has specialty certification in both Emergency Critical Care and Small Animal Internal Medicine. Her experience in general, emergency and specialty practices, as well as an educator at Wayne State University's Veterinary Technology Program provides solid experience in understanding and instituting nutritional support for patients. She has trained other technicians in nutritional support in a number of venues over the years as well as managed over 400 animals with feeding tubes.
The course will be presented in two (2) 90 minute real time interactive live sessions and will include online handouts, quizzes, and message board discussion interaction with both the instructor and other course participants. The course is geared toward veterinary technicians, especially those working with critical care patients. Participants should already have a strong grasp of basic nutrition and disease processes.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to
Week 1: Introduction to Feeding Tube Management and Complications
Content: In this session we will discuss types of tubes, indications for use, complications, drug-nutrient interactions and medical management of feeding tubes. There will also be a feeding tube calculation handout in the library to assist in setting up a patient's schedule and amount to be fed.
Week 2: Case Studies
Content: The second real time session will be an interactive session involving setting up a feeding protocol, instituting the feeding protocol and management of common complications. Several case scenarios will be presented in this session.
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: 3
$60 ($54 early bird special if registered before January 18, 2010).
*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: Enrollment will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session
**The Participant's Resource Center includes all you need to know about online CE with VIN and VSPN.
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator
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