TECH182-1115: Feeding Tubes-Complications and Maintenance
Audio and Text:
In some of the course Real Time Sessions the lecture will be predominantly audio
while in others the lecture will be predominantly text.
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Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition)
November 4-December 5, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Wednesdays, November 11, 18 and 25, 2015, 8:00-9:30pm ET
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in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first
Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
is up to 1 hour in length.
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*The instructors 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
one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
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.
VSPN CE Course: This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians only. (RACE ID#22-18346) Veterinary Information Network’s RACE provider number is #22.
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 nursing care and how to avoid many issues encountered in feeding tube use. This course will also utilize interactive sessions to work through actual cases, set up feeding plans and address common complications.
This course consists of three (3) ninety (90) minute Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple
choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session).
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
*The lecture portion of this course will utilize both text and audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.
*To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- calculate the caloric needs of the patient utilizing a feeding tube and set up a feeding schedule.
- detect common complications associated with feeding tube use and develop nursing plans to ensure appropriate correction.
- develop home care protocols and counsel clients in the care of patients with feeding tubes.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructor:
Ann Wortinger is a published author and has veterinary technician specialty certifications in Emergency Critical Care, Small Animal Internal Medicine, and Nutrition. Her experience in general, emergency and specialty practices, as well as in education, provides solid experience in understanding in house and reference laboratory testing for patients as well as nutrition. She is president of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT). Ann is currently working as the hospital administrator Animal Cancer and Imaging Center in Canton, Michigan.
(Real Time Session November 11):
Introduction to Feeding Tube Management and Complications
In this session we will cover indications for feeding tube use, the most common types of tubes used, indication for tube usage, mechanical and gastrointestinal complications, and drug/nutrient interactions. Library materials will include a feeding tube calculation handout, food log, and drug/ nutrient interaction handouts to assist in setting up a patient calculation for the amount to be fed and feeding schedule.
(Real Time Session November 18):
Metabolic and Infectious Complications and Tube Management
This session will continue with complications by looking at metabolic and infectious complications and include hospital management of feeding tube patients and post-discharge complications.
(Real Time Session November 25):
The third 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.
CE Credits: 4.5
$90 ($81 early bird special if enrolled by October 21, 2015)
* 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 at 5 PM ET on November 11, 2015,
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
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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.
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to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
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Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN Director/VSPN CE Interim Director
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