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A Two Minute Overview of Peri-Anesthesia Hypothermia: The Problem & The Solution

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Go With The Flow – How to decide the oxygen flow rate for small animal anesthesia

Let’s begin this article by saying, “You’re right!”  Whatever oxygen flow rate you routinely use when anesthetizing your patients, whether it’s determined by careful calculation, by habit, or by setting it where you’re told to set it, “You’re right!”  This … Continue reading

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Effective Patient Warming

A special guest blog post by Dr Colin Dunlop. Colin Dunlop is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists. His research interests include hypothermia and prevention of anesthesia morbidity and mortality. He consults in anesthesia and critical care … Continue reading

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IVECCS / ACVAA Conference – Washington, DC

We’re really excited to be exhibiting at the IVECCS / ACVAA conference being held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, DC.  It’ll be a great time to reconnect with old friends and show off what innovations … Continue reading

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Decision Fatigue – Building a Case For Checklists

How many food-related decisions do you make in a day? Ten? Fifty? A hundred? When Cornell University staff and students were asked this question in a recent study, the average response was fifteen. However, after they answered specific questions about … Continue reading

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Unlearn Old Habits to Avoid Compassion Fatigue

  Many of us think we’re feeling burn-out with our jobs when we’re actually feeling compassion fatigue. Two terms for the same thing? Here’s how you recognize the difference. Burn-out always arises from dissatisfaction with your work environment. It’s generally … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Prolonged Exposure to Waste Anesthetic Gas

Is there a relationship between exposure to trace concentrations of waste anesthetic gasses and the development of health concerns?  After two independent groups analyzed more than seventeen studies, including one well-designed prospective study, the consensus is that there is no … Continue reading

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Cuff Stuff – Is your way the right way?

In a recent clinical study, four different techniques for sealing an endotracheal tube cuff were evaluated. Eighty client-owned dogs were used in the study. Once intubated, each had its cuff inflated four times, by four different people. After each inflation, … Continue reading

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Now We Can Warm From Within

Peri-Anesthesia Hypothermia –   Warming hypothermic animals is difficult. Yet the majority of anesthesia patients have lost a significant amount of body heat before the procedure even begins. Smaller dogs and cats lose nearly 2ºF while waiting for induction of … Continue reading

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Age is not a disease…

When it comes to anesthesia, pet owners and their veterinarians sometimes see age as an obstacle to necessary health maintenance for older pets. It reminds Dr Ralph Harvey of the way people maintain older cars. “Owners are reluctant to care … Continue reading

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