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Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing

Paul Aldridge, Louise O'Dwyer

ISBN: 978-0-470-65681-5 March 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages



Your step-by-step guide to key emergency and critical care procedures and hands-on nursing care. Whether you need to know how to prioritise your response to a patient with multiple injuries, or you need a quick practical guide to fluid therapy, this is the go-to resource.  Colour photographs of real life cases take you through the procedures and after-care, detailing essential skills. This book provides vital information for emergency and critical care situations, whether you’re looking for confidence in handling emergency cases in a first-opinion practice, or a relevant, succinct guide for an emergency clinic.  Be inspired to become more confident in your clinical skills and abilities, and learn how to apply your existing skills to an emergency situation.

A companion website provides additional resources useful in the management of emergency and critical patients. Visit the website to find information charts and video clips of procedures.

Written by a veterinary nurse and a veterinary surgeon who work together in the largest UK emergency clinic, this book is a practical, how-to manual with a nursing focus.

Suitable as a complete reference for nurses studying towards qualifications, or as a practical guide for daily use by veterinary nurses working in veterinary emergency and critical care.

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Preface vi

1 Triage and Assessment of the Emergency Patient 1

2 Monitoring the Critical Patient 9

3 Vascular Access 17

4 ‘Shock’ and Intravenous Fluid Therapy 29

5 Blood Gas, Acid–Base Analysis and Electrolyte Abnormalities 41

6 Analgesia and Anaesthesia of the Emergency and Critical Patient 52

7 Practical Laboratory Techniques 63

8 Techniques for Oxygen Supplementation 76

9 Nursing the Dyspnoeic Patient 86

10 Nursing the Cardiac Patient 97

11 Nursing the Acute Abdomen Patient 109

12 Nursing Urinary Tract Emergencies 123

13 Nursing the Poisoned Patient 133

14 Nursing the Trauma Patient 144

15 Nursing the Reproductive Patient 155

16 Small Animal Critical Care and Hospitalised Patient Nutrition 163

17 Nursing the Emergency Ophthalmology Patient 181

18 Cardiopulmonary Arrest and Resuscitation 189

19 Nursing Considerations in the Critical Patient 198

Index 209

“Whether working in a “traditional” clinic or in a specialised ICU, the contribution of nurses to the management of emergencies is invaluable.”  (Vet Nurses Today, 1 July 2013)

“Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing provides a fine, step-by-step guide to key emergency procedures and nursing care and teaches how to handle injuries and therapies associated with critical care. Color photos of real life cases accompany step-by-step discussions of procedures and skills needed, offering a valuable reference written by a veterinary nurse and a veterinary surgeon who here work together to explore the most common care scenarios and special needs. This is a solid, real-world reference any veterinary collection must have.”  (Midwest Book Review, 1 June 2013)

“Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing" is a scholarly and core addition to any college collection focusing on high level veterinary care.”  (Bookwatch, 1 April 2013)