• The vet/nurse team: Critical care patients – optimising their care in general practice

    The vet/nurse team: Critical care patients – optimising their care in general practice

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    Some of the patients we manage in general practice might require critical care, resulting in our team and ourselves feeling stretched. However managing critical patients can be exceptionally rewarding and stimulating, but we often need to be ahead of the disease predicting complications and potential deterioration. In this session, we will discuss how we can optimise the care of our sicker patients and provide some useful tips and tricks that could help our team maximising the effort to save our pets' lives. We will highlight the importance of communication and hand-over, and discuss how to select the most appropriate diagnostics and monitoring tests, including a discussion of the rule of 20 to make sure nothing has been missed when one might be focused on life-threatening aspects, and decision-making behind optimal treatment strategies for the most critical patients.

    • Understand how handover and communication can optimise our patients’ management
    • Describe the most common diagnostics we have available in practice and discuss how we can use them optimally
    • Describe different level of monitoring and appraise how early recognition is the key to success
    • Discuss the concepts behind treatment of the critical patients
    Nicola Read, Head Oncology Nurse - Royal Veterinary College
    Eleanor Haskey, Emergency and Critical care Nurse - Royal Veterinary College
    Stefano Cortellini, Senior Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care - Royal Veterinary College

    Presented at London Vet Show 2022

    Please note this session is not RACE-approved but you can still earn a CPD certificate