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Escape Anesthesia Disaster with Tools, Tips, and Teamwork

Anesthesia can be dangerous. The right training, appropriate tools, and a quick-thinking team can be the difference between anesthetic success and disaster. This session will cover the most common anesthetic mishaps, complications, and emergencies with tips and tools to recognize, prevent, and treat problems. The emphasis will be on anesthetic safety provided through teamwork, so both doctors and nurses are invited to explore escaping anesthetic disaster in this session.

Objectives:

  • Understand the most common effects/adverse effects of anesthetic drugs and the importance of preparation/vigilance in all four phases of anesthesia
  • Predict/recognize/prevent impending anesthetic complications/emergencies through knowledge, skills, and interpretation of results from patient biochemistry and physiologic monitoring
  • Treat impending anesthetic complications/emergencies using drugs and support techniques based on patient response as determined by physiologic monitoring
  • Work as a team of doctors/nurses for patient safety during anesthesia
  • Develop/use emergency treatment plans/algorithms

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Tammy Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA

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Tamara Grubb is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia with a strong clinical interest and research focus in pain management. She is an anesthesia/analgesia consultant in both small and large animal practices, a certified acupuncturist, a member of the International Academy of Veterinary Pain Management, a Fear Free certified practitioner, and an Adjunct Professor of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia at Washington State University. She is co-author of two books, Anesthesia & Pain Management for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians and Analgesia and Anesthesia for the Ill or Injured Dog and Cat. Dr. Grubb’s favorite achievement is winning the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, which has received from students at two universities.

Jennifer Sager, BS, CVT, (VTS-Anesthesia/Analgesia, ECC)

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Jennifer Sager is the current small animal hospital education and training specialist at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Hospitals. She was previously the anesthesia service technician and supervisor for 14 years at UF–CVM. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Western Michigan University in 2001, and got her veterinary technology degree in 2003 from St. Petersburg College. In 2008, Jennifer attained her veterinary technician specialty in anesthesia and analgesia, followed by a second specialty in 2009 in emergency and critical care.

Jennifer lectures around the US on various anesthesia and critical care topics, and she has written three book chapters on anesthesia (2012), anesthesia and critical care (2018) and supraglottic airway devices (2018). She is an anesthesia trainer for Midmark Animal Health, teaching the fundamentals of anesthesia to private practice clinics. Most recently, she contributed to the AAFP Anesthesia Guidelines (2018) and is co-chair of the AAHA 2020 Anesthesia and Monitoring Guidelines; the first technician to help chair these type of guidelines. Jennifer is the current president-elect of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia.