VSPN TECH246-0921: Anesthesia for the Cardiac Patient

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

Presenter: Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia & Analgesia)
Course Open: September 30, 2021-November 7, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays; October 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2021; 8-9:30PM ET (USA)    World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 6
RACE Category: 6 hours Medical

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Course Information:
Acquired cardiac diseases and their challenges, these cases are probably the most common to present to our facilities in need of anesthesia support for diagnostics or interventional procedures. This session will cover the most common acquired cardiac disease, potential complications, and methods for enhancing the safety of the anesthesia event. Many of these patients are on medications to medically manage their disease, so discussion of anesthetic and analgesic agents will be covered as well as agents to manage intraoperative complications relating to their cardiac dysfunction.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Show an understanding of normal cardiac anatomy, function, and physiology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the various common cardiac diseases presented to a small animal facility.
  • Outline a pre-anesthetic patient assessment and plan, including anticipated anesthesia and procedural problems that may occur in the anesthetized cardiac patient.
  • Apply knowledge of anesthesia, analgesia, and support drug therapy that the veterinarian may prescribe for the cardiac patient with congenital cardiac defects.
  • Design a monitoring plan to enhance the safety of the cardiac patient while anesthetized.
  • Interpret data from monitoring the cardiac patient under anesthesia and use this information to further enhance patient safety due to complications that may arise during a procedure.
  • Work through step by step to help the participant troubleshoot issues that may occur with patients with cardiac compromise.
Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VSPN CE course will be open for enrollment to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff seeking to expand their knowledge of cardiac function, cardiovascular anesthesia monitoring, and the analgesic/anesthetic agents that might be more appropriate for certain types of cardiac compromise.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session October 7): Cardiac Function
This real-time session will cover cardiac anatomy, function and physiology, and common small animal cardiac diseases.

Week 2 (Real Time Session October 14): Common Congenital Cardiac Defects
This real time session will discuss pre-anesthetic patient assessment and planning, including anticipated anesthesia and procedural problems that may occur in the anesthetized cardiac patient.

Week 3 (Real Time Session October 21): Acquired Cardiac Diseases and Their Challenges
This real time session will describe anesthesia, analgesia, and support drug therapy that the veterinarian may prescribe for the cardiac patient with acquired cardiac diseases. Attendees will learn how to design a monitoring plan to enhance the safety of the cardiac patient while anesthetized.

Week 4 (Real Time Session October 28): Case Scenarios for the Cardiac Patient
This real time session will cover monitoring and data interpretation of the cardiac patient under anesthesia and use this information to further enhance patient safety due to complications that may arise during a procedure. Attendees will work through step by step to troubleshoot issues that may occur with patients with cardiac compromise.

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 September 16, 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 October 7, 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.

VSPN CE Services:
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