Fluid Therapy for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians by Charlotte Donohoe, Fluid therapy is fundamental to many aspects of small animal practice.
Fluid Therapy for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians
Its role is multifaceted because fluids are used as a supportive measure in surgical patients, as a means of nutrition in hospitalized patients, and as the backbone of therapy in severely compromised animals.
As the practices of veterinary nursing and veterinary technology evolve, technicians are blessed with more and more responsibility. As our profession grows, we must accept new challenges and strive to maintain a level of knowledge and technical skills that allows us to perform routine as well as unexpected procedures with grace and confidence.
Small animal practices often rely on their technicians to provide current, safe, and practical technical expertise with respect to catheter placement and monitoring of intra-venous fluid therapy. This text includes details related to these areas that can help guide technicians in deciding the appropriate approach to intravenous therapy for their respective practice.
In addition, information pertaining to long-term fluid therapy, intravenous nutrition, varieties of equipment, and potential complications associated with fluid therapy has also been included.
This text presents technician students with a wealth of new information with which they can put new skills and ideas to safe use. It offers experienced technicians new ideas, additional information, and detailed facts to support their current role while increasing their knowledge base. For advanced care technicians, this text solidifies the rationale behind many of the techniques and theories learned on the job while presenting new information and differing opinions for consideration.