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Fall 2021

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VET268 - Surgical Nursing&Anestesiology

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Provide study concerning anesthetic procedures for small and large animals, the preparation of the surgical patient, and care of the patient pre- and post-surgery. Emphasis is placed on preanesthetic agents, anesthetic agents, pre- and post-anesthetic care, pain evaluation of the patient, monitoring devices and techniques, controlled substance drug laws and record keeping, CPR and recognition of emergency situations, and the potential for human and animal hazards associated with anesthetic drugs and anesthetized patients. Prerequisites: VET 201, VET 234, VET LB4, VET 245, VET LB5, VET 246, VET LB6 each with a grade of ā€˜Cā€™ or higher. Corequisite: VET LB7, VET 279, and VET LB8.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Identify the patient and the corresponding surgical procedure to be performed 100% of the time.
2. Identify anesthetic risk factors for the patient.
3. Calculate dosages of appropriate drugs used in anesthetic protocols with accuracy.
4. Perform anesthetic procedures on a patient, including induction and maintenance, using appropriate anesthetic drugs and anesthetic delivery systems.
5. Monitor the patient throughout the anesthesia utilizing the patient's clinical signs and appropriate monitoring equipment.
6. Evaluate the patient's status (hydration, pain, response to anesthetics and other drugs) utilizing the patient's vital signs and appropriate monitoring equipment.
7. Respond to changes in patient status through communicating with and implementing treatments directed by the attending veterinarian.
8. Provide post-surgical nursing care.
9. Describe the use of surgical instruments, suture material and other surgical instruments.
10. Follow a protocol to sterilize surgical instruments and equipment.
11. Use and maintain non-sterile equipment necessary for a proper surgical suite.
12. Maintain emergency medical supplies as needed.
13. Identify the indications for emergency drugs, equipment and supplies.
14. Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures and respond to a variety of simulated emergency situations to produce a favorable outcome.
15. Support a veterinarian in routine canine or feline ovariohysterectomy or orchiectomy including proper patient positioning and preparation of the surgical site using aseptic technique.
16. Provide surgical assistance during routine canine or feline ovariohysterectomy or orchiectomy surgery.
17. Describe a variety of routine surgical procedures and related equipment.
18. Demonstrate operating room sanitation procedures (operating room conduct, asepsis or post-surgical clean up).
19. Maintain proper medical records including patient records, anesthesia records or controlled substance drug logs.
20. Create client education instructions regarding home care for the patient.


Effective Term: Fall 2019