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Basic Monitoring in Canine and Feline Emergency Patients

Basic Monitoring in Canine and Feline Emergency Patients by Elizabeth J Thomovsky, Paula A Johnson, Aimee C Brooks March 2020.

Basic Monitoring in Canine and Feline Emergency Patients

Basic Monitoring In Canine And Feline Emergency Patients

As instructors in veterinary schools, all of the authors have faced the same dilemma – the student who cannot find the correct resource to answer a particular question. While we all acknowledge the importance and value of looking something up, sometimes in multiple resources, this book is an attempt to create a repository of information in one resource.

The intended audience, therefore, is the veterinary student or the veterinary practitioner who would like a fairly succinct approach to understanding the monitoring equipment that they are using on their patients. This book does not attempt to provide comprehensive details of treatment and diagnosis of disease but rather how to use the available monitoring equipment to gather information about a case.

This book discusses basic monitoring techniques that can be easily performed on emergency canine and feline patients in both first line emergency and primary care clinics. Techniques include blood pressure measurement, capnography, electrocardiography, pulse oximetry, and point of care monitoring ranging from the physical exam to bedside ultrasound and diagnostic tests such as PCV/TP, blood glucose and lactate.

Each chapter begins with basic physiology as related to the monitoring technique, before reviewing how the piece of equipment used for monitoring works, pros and cons of the equipment, and limitations of the device. A simple, consistent layout for each chapter makes it easy to quickly locate information within the book. A final section in each chapter gives practical examples of how to use the monitoring technique in a clinical setting. The book also:

  • Emphasizes how physiology ties into what information each technique does (and does not) provide;
  • Includes pictures, tables, and diagrams to help explain concepts;
  • Delivers guidelines for rational interpretation of the results acquired.

An important resource for both veterinary practitioners and students, this book provides a succinct approach to understanding the monitoring equipment used in emergency patients.

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