The recently published AAHA Anesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats were created to help provide a framework for veterinarians to improve the level of patient care provided during the entire perianesthetic period. Anesthetic care varies widely between practices, and too often the determination of a “successful” anesthetic event is simply whether a patient survives the procedure or not.
A successful anesthetic event begins with a thorough preliminary exam, risk assessment, and selection of agents specific to the individual patient and procedure. The anesthetic plan should thoroughly address the preanesthetic, induction, maintenance, and recovery phases of anesthesia. Equipment selection, maintenance, and operation, plus staff training, are crucial to ensuring positive outcomes from anesthetic events. The goal of this webcast, which provides 1 hour of CE credit, is to assist practitioners in developing ways to best implement the concepts outlined by the Guidelines.
After participating in this 60-minute webcast, attendees will be better able to:
Understand the importance of creating a tailored anesthetic plan for individual patients.
Understand the different phases of anesthesia, their goals, and how to best support a patient through each phase.
Understand the basic functions, pros, and cons of anesthesia monitoring equipment.
Implement changes in monitoring, record-keeping, and equipment maintenance for improved patient care.