The Colloid Controversy (9-10am)
With the advances of medicine new and exciting colloids are available. The biggest debate now is, "should we be using synthetic colloids?" This lecture will dive into that debate. Attendees will learn about both natural (blood products) and synthetic colloids and how they are utilized in veterinary medicine. They will leave understanding the risks and benefits of all colloid products and will be able to better monitor their patients.
Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury (10:15-11:15am)
How is it possible that returning blood supply back to an area where it was cut off could kill an animal? Ischemia-reperfusion injury produces a chain of devastating events and is a relatively new exciting topic in veterinary medicine. Attendees will learn about this devastating syndrome, how it affects patients and ways to prevent it. Case studies will be discussed.
The "Fax" (Facts) About Alfaxalone (11:30am-12:30pm)
A complete General Anesthetic event consists of: pre-anesthetic evaluation/premedication, induction, maintenance, and recovery. All are of equal importance. With focus on the induction period – the transition from AWAKE TO ANESTHETIZED. It is vital that the anesthetist act quickly (and safely) during intubation (endotracheal tube placement) to insure adequate oxygenation and ventilation to the patient. An ideal induction agent consists of: rapid onset of action, minimal cardiopulmonary effects, and rapid metabolism. This presentation will discuss a recently approved – “new kid in town” anesthetic agent, Alfaxalone. The focus of this session is to familiarize the audience with this agent – description, indications of use, and dosages- for use during an anesthetic event. Advantages and disadvantages will also be mentioned.
Much Ado - To Get To - A Smooth Recovery (1:45pm-2:45pm)
The recovery period of an anesthetic event begins when anesthetic drug administration is discontinued and extubation (removal of the endotracheal tube) of the patient is achieved. Monitoring of the patient in recovery should continue for at least a few hours; the patient should be “waking up and warming up”. During this time sedation and respiratory depression put the patient at risk for potential post-anesthetic complications/death. Studies have shown that most anesthetic mortalities occur during the recovery period. This presentation will focus on enhancing and improving anesthetic care during the recovery period in order to minimize complications. This session will remind the audience the importance of promoting a smooth recovery by discussing: preanesthetic patient preparation, designing a “balanced” anesthetic protocol (general anesthesia vs sedation) and suggest monitoring guidelines/parameters (oxygenation, ventilation, circulation) to observe of the recovering patient.
The Top 5 Anesthetic Complications (3-4pm)
As we prepare for an anesthetic event we respect the knowledge and skill required by the anesthetist to monitor and manage a patient to a successful outcome. The anesthetist should have a general understanding of: the anesthetic agents, methods for delivering (and assessing) the anesthetic agent, and the appropriate action required in the event of an anesthetic-related complication/emergency. Despite thorough patient monitoring/supportive care by an astute anesthetist complications can still occur. This presentation will discuss the top five anesthetic complications that can occur during an anesthetic event and suggested treatment therapies to improve outcome.