VSPN TECH200-0821: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in the Small Animal Patient

The real time sessions for this course will be presented via Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Courtney Waxman, MS, CVT, VTS (ECC)


Course Open: August 2, 2021-September 9, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays August 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2021: 8:30-10 PM ET    World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 6
RACE Category: 6 hours Medical

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Course Information:
This course is designed to review current theory and practice of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) based on the RECOVER guidelines in the small animal hospital. This course will focus on veterinary technician interventions and skills used to prepare the hospital for a cardiopulmonary arrest event, identify patients at risk for arrest, basic life support procedures and protocols to follow, advanced life support procedures and protocols to follow, the team approach to CPR, and care of the post-cardiopulmonary arrest patient.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Explain the RECOVER initiative
  • Discuss hospital and staff preparedness
  • Identify crash cart essentials
  • Review advanced directive orders
  • Discuss the CPR roles and team approach
  • Review compression rates and techniques
  • Explain cardiac and thoracic pump theories
  • Discuss intubation and breathing rates
  • Recognize the importance of 2-minute BLS cycles
  • Review venous access/IV fluid therapy
  • Discuss drug therapies used
  • Explain ECG and ETCO2 monitoring
  • Name the most common arrest rhythms
  • Review signs associated with ROSC
  • Discuss the team approach to CPR, including debriefing
  • Review medical and nursing care of the post-CPA patient
  • Identify when to stop CPR efforts
  • Discuss quality of life of the post-CPA patient
  • Review when to stop CPR efforts
Level and Prerequisites: This basic VSPN CE course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists, support staff, and/or veterinary teams actively interested in improving their CPR protocols.
Course Prerequisites: none

RACE Accreditation: This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (20-800585)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 9): RECOVER & Cardiopulmonary Arrest Preparedness
Required Reading (prior to August 9):
  • RECOVER Preparedness & Preparation PDF handout
  • Crash Cart Essentials PDF handout
  • Signs of Impending CPA PDF handout
This session will give an introduction to the RECOVER Initiative and focus on the concepts of preparedness as a team and facility as well as the different CPR team positions and dynamics.

Week 2 (Real Time Session August 16): Basic Life Support
Required Reading (prior to August 16):

  • RECOVER Basic Life Support PDF handout
  • RECOVER CPR Algorithm PDF handout
This session will focus on the aspects of basic life support, including chest compression technique and posture, ventilation technique and options, and rescuer cycles.

Week 3 (Real Time Session August 23): Advanced Life Support
Required Reading (prior to August 23):

  • RECOVER Advanced Life Support PDF handout
  • RECOVER Monitoring PDF handout
  • RECOVER CPR Algorithm PDF handout
  • CPR Emergency Drug Doses PDF handout
This session will focus on the aspects of advanced life support, including drug access and administration, monitoring device usage and interpretation, and return of spontaneous circulation.

Week 4 (Real Time Session August 30): Post-Cardiopulmonary Arrest Care
Required Reading (prior to August 30):

  • RECOVER Post-CPA Care PDF handout
  • Post-CPA Algorithm PDF handout
  • RECOVER Clinical Guidelines PDF handout
This session will focus on the aspects of post-cardiopulmonary arrest patient care once return of spontaneous circulation, including debriefing, the post-CPA algorithm, respiratory optimization, hemodynamic optimization, and neuroprotection.

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

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Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by July 19, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* Students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited or CVMA 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 on August 9, 2021 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  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 @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext.792 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

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 office 800-846-0028 ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357