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Handbook of Veterinary Nursing

ISBN: 978-0-470-68011-7
384 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Handbook of Veterinary Nursing provides the veterinary nurse with a quick reference point for many of the nursing procedures he or she may come across in the clinical setting. It provides clear and concise written instructions supported by diagrams and photographs which will be of benefit to veterinary nurses at all stages of their training and career. It will be particularly useful to those nurses studying for their RCVS Level Three Oral and Practical examinations.

The book is laid out in note form and information is quick and easy to find with the use of bullets and tables. The emphasis is on the importance of working methodologically to a systematic routine using high quality procedures, thus helping the whole veterinary team ensure the most successful outcomes in animal care.

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Preface.

SECTION 1. THE WARD.

1. Ward Management - Introduction.

2. Cleaning and Disinfection of Animal Accommodation.

3. The Clinical Examination of Small Animals.

4. Nutritional Support.

5. Cleaning and Grooming the Patient.

6. Dressings and Bandages.

7. Physiotherapy.

8. Administration and Dispensing of Medications.

9. Preparation and Administration of an Enema.

10. Urinary Catheterisation.

SECTION 2. THEATRE PRACTICE.

11. An Introduction to Theatre Management.

12. Preparation of the Theatre for Surgery.

13. Preparation of the Surgical Team.

14. Preparation of the Patient for Theatre.

15. Assisting During Surgery.

16. Sterilising Equipment for Theatre.

17. Care of Surgical Instruments.

SECTION 3. SURGICAL NURSING.

18. Assistance During Caesarean Section (C-Section Hysterotomy).

19. Dentistry.

20. Skin Suturing Techniques.

21. Practical Care of Wounds.

SECTION 4. ANAESTHESIA.

22. Introduction - Evaluation of the Patient.

23. Endotracheal Intubation.

24. Monitoring General Anaesthesia.

25. The Anaesthetic Machine.

26. Anaesthetic Systems.

SECTION 5. RADIOGRAPHY.

27. Practical Radiography.

28. Selection of Exposure Factors.

29. Radiographic Positioning.

30. The Processing of Radiographs.

31. Appraisal of the Film.

32. Contrast Studies.

SECTION 6. LABORATORY TECHNIQUES.

33. Introduction - The Laboratory.

34. Blood Tests.

35. Urine Tests.

36. Faecal Tests.

37. Bacteriology Tests.

38. Dermatology.

SECTION 7. EMERGENCY CARE AND FIRST AID.

39. Initial Assessment.

40. Emergency Procedures.

41. Fluid Therapy.

42. First Aid - The A-Z of Specific Conditions.

Appendices.

Appendix 1. Care Plans for Surgical and Medical Conditions.

Appendix 2. Calculations.

Index.

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Hilary Orpet, Royal Veterinary College, Boltons Park Farm, England, UK
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* Gives clinical advice quickly and simply
* Written by authors with many years experience of veterinary nurse training and education
* Includes calculations for drugs, fluids, nutrition and anaesthesia - essential information to have on hand
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"I would recommend it to anyone who wants a compact version of a VN S/NVQ textbook that is easy to read and refer to."
Veterinary Nursing
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