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The AAHA Anesthesia Guidelines in Practice

Abbott Animal Health
Sponsored by Abbott Animal Health

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Web Conference Description:

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.

Speaker Bios

Kim Spelts, CVT

Kim received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 1991. After spending time working for a NASA subcontractor and then for a software development company, she went back to school and earned her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology and CVT status in 1999. She started her career in emergency medicine, then she joined the Anesthesia Department at Colorado State, where she trained veterinary students in anesthesia. She became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia in 2004. In 2005 she joined Peak Performance Veterinary Group, where she was instrumental in launching the rehabilitation and anesthesia components of the practice. In 2006 she completed requirements to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. She has been a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management since 2003.

Ralph C. Harvey, DVM, DACVAA

Dr. Ralph Harvey teaches anesthesiology at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He has served there as the Director of Small Animal Surgical Services and as a member of the University Faculty Senate. His advanced training has included internship, residency and fellowship at Cornell's Veterinary and Medical Colleges. He has also worked in small animal private practice. He is certified as a Veterinary Anesthesiologist by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, has served as the Executive Secretary of the ACVA, and as a member of the ACVA Board of Directors. He has received the UTCVM Brandy Memorial Award for sensitivity and compassion for veterinary patients and the ability to instill these qualities in veterinary students, and has also received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.

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