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TECH200-1111: CPCR-Cardiopulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation in the Small Animal Patient


COURSE OPEN: November 22-December 23, 2011

REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Fridays, December 2, 9, and 16, 2011; 12:00pm-1:30pm ET (USA)
*please note the session times
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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 Real Time Session. 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 Real Time Session.

* The instructor for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend a Practice Session.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be for any member of the veterinary team, but will address some advanced life support techniques as we cover patient arrest risks, nursing support, and CPCR techniques.
VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.

Course Description:
This course is designed to review current theory and practice of CPCR in the small animal hospital. This course will focus on veterinary technician interventions and skills used to identify patients at risk for arrest, the arresting patient, procedures and protocols to follow, drug administration, compression technique, and online drill scenarios at the culmination of the course.

The course will consist of three (3) Real Time Sessions of ninety (90) minutes each, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to be considered for a course certificate of completion.
** The lecture portion of this course will combine both text and audio presentation. Please be prepared to listen.

Upon completion of this course, the participants should be able to

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.

Required Texbook(s): There are no required textbooks for this course.

About the Instructor: David Liss has been a veterinary technician for over 10 years working a majority of that time in emergency/critical care (ECC) settings. As a recent VTS (ECC), David has published several articles and written several book chapters on ECC topics. David loves teaching and educating and speaks at a wide variety of conferences nationwide as well as instructs online CE classes on VSPN.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session December 2): The Pre-Arrest Patient, and the ABC's
Content: We will begin this week by discussing patients that are at risk of an arrest event. The key to surviving arrest is to prevent it! We will discuss parameters to monitor and identify patients that need interventions before they crash. This week will also cover basic life support and procedures to follow once the patient has arrested.

Week 2 (Real Time Session December 9): The "Arrest" and Advanced Life Support
Content: Week 2 topics will include discussion of basic life support in more depth and review the steps taken when a patient arrests. We will move into more advanced discussions pertaining to advanced life support. Drug administration, ECG interpretation, defibrillation procedures, and protocols for various arrest scenarios will be presented.

Week 3 (Real Time Session December 16): CPCR Drills, and Management of the Post-CPCR Patient
Content: In the final week, we will review everything from weeks 1 and 2 and begin to present interactive drill scenarios for participants to work through incorporating knowledge gained from Weeks 1 and 2. Participants should be ready to think critically and apply all the knowledge gained in weeks 1 and 2. Finally, we will discuss the management of a patient that has survived a CPCR event and what the steps after arrest are.


Tuition: $90 ($81 early bird if registered by November 9, 2011).
*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).
** 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 Participant Resource Center

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 4.5 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).
Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
**Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
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