When discussing fluid therapy with clients, ensure they are aware that fluid therapy involves more than just using a product; it includes selecting appropriate fluids and monitoring the patient.
Share educational materials with the client.
Be prepared to demonstrate and coach clients in administering subcutaneous fluid therapy.
Discuss the entire toolkit and guidelines with the other veterinarians and the technicians. Determine the items that will be reviewed and/or performed by the technician and those that will be reviewed/performed by the veterinarian.
Review/discuss with the practice manager and the technicians a desirable location of technical materials, charts and checklists for ease of use.
Ensure fluid therapy procedures and assessments are documented in the record.
Review the fluid therapy plan with clients before and after treatment is implemented. Ensure that clients are aware that fluid therapy involves more than just using a product; it includes selecting appropriate fluids and monitoring the patient.
Meet with the veterinarians and the technicians to discuss how the guidelines and the toolkit will be used.
Investigate and create copies of useful supplemental information available from AAHA and the AAFP.
Ensure there is an adequate supply of materials in appropriate locations:
Client education materials in exam rooms and at the reception desk
Technical and background information/materials in a designated location for easy access
Charts and checklists in treatment area
Plan for team meetings and follow-up training to ensure the entire team is on board with the plan for fluid therapy.
Have team members partner up to study and then present a particular facet of the guidelines to the rest of the team.
Create a fun learning game to ensure everyone is on board, using partners or teams to compete. Model your learning using the format of television game shows or trivia board games.