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Vety.emergency and critical care

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Vety.emergency and critical care

  1. 1. “Veterinary emergencies and critical care” The veterinary emergency service is equipped to deal with any pet emergency from trauma to severe infection By: Dr. Mitin chanana M.V.Sc. 2nd yr Vety. Surgery and radiology
  2. 2. Typical conditions that are seen by the emergency service include: Trauma patients, including those hit by cars, bite, bullet, knife or burn injuries Animal having trouble breathing Animals that need a blood transfusion Shock (signs of shock can include weakness, pale mucous membranes in their mouth, cold extremities, and an abnormal heart rate) Animals having trouble urinating, or are not producing urine Animals in which an abnormal heart rhythm is causing problems Animals with life-threatening neurologic disease such as coma or severe seizures Patients that have had surgery and are not recovering well from anesthesia
  3. 3. So a veterinarian should discuss and understand the: Aetiologies, Typical history, Physical examination findings, Diagnostic algorithm and Treatment options for the patient which has acute dysfunction in the • Cardiovascular, • Respiratory, • Haemo-lymphatic, • Musculoskeletal, or • Nervous systems
  4. 4. Cardiovascular: mitral valve insufficiency, congestive heart failure, pericardial effusion, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, bacterial endocarditis, heart base tumours,,etc. Respiratory: pulmonary oedema, neoplasias,, pyothorax, pneumothorax, haemothorax, tracheal collapse, pharyngeal and tracheal injuries, diaphragmatic hernia, broken ribs, bite wounds to the chest, pulmonary thromboembolism,etc.
  5. 5. Haemo-Lymphatic: anaemia of any cause, leukaemia, paracetamol toxicity, methaemoglobinaemia, haemangiosarcoma, lymphosarcoma, haemorrhage,systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sepsis, Vitamin K-antagonist toxicity, anaphylactic reactions, vaccine-associated reactions, etc. Musculoskeletal: lameness of any cause, repair of abdominal / inguinal/ umbilical hernia, cellulitis, tendon and pad injuries, acute myositis, recognition and prognosis of fractures Neurologic: degenerative myelopathy, intervertebral disc disease, epilepsy, meningitis, ataxia, tremors, seizures, neurotoxins including but not limited to organophosphate, carbamate, metaldehyde, pyrethrin, chocolate, lead, mushroom, illicit drugs.
  6. 6. Other problems that also require immediate medical attention: Exposure to toxins (ingested or topical) Open fractures Snake bite Burns Prolapsed organs Wound dehiscence Dystocia
  7. 7. A technique for performing common emergency procedures is listed below:
  8. 8. 1.Airway and breathing • if the animal has increased breathing rate or effort. • animals may assume a posture with the head and neck extended and the elbows abducted (held away from the body) • absent chest wall motion, • exaggerated breathing effort, • flaring of the nares, • open mouth breathing and paradoxical breathing(opposing movements of the chest and abdominal walls during inspiration and expiration • Cyanosis, a blue or purplish tint to the mucous membranes • Crepitus about the body may indicate subcutaneous emphysema, which can be caused by tracheal tears or chest wall defects First, patency of airway and breathing effort should be assessed. This is done by visualization, auscultation, and palpation.
  9. 9. 2.Circulation: • Mucous membrane colour • Capillary refill time • Heart rate • Pulse quality • Extremity temperature • Mentation The focus of the cardiovascular assessment is the six perfusion parameters
  10. 10. Mucous membrane colour Evaluate the mucous membranes by examining the colour of the gums. As an alternative in the fractious animal or patients with pigmented gums examine the conjunctiva, penis or the vulva. • The normal colour pink is a result of oxygenated haemoglobin in red blood cells in the capillary bed. • Mucous membrane colour may vary with circulatory related problems. • Mucous membrane colour may be pale or white due to blood loss anaemia or vasoconstriction. • Brick red or injected mucous membranes are a result of vasodilation and can be seen with hyperthermia or sepsis. • Cyanotic or blue mucous membranes are an indicator of severe hypoxemia. • Icteric or yellow mucous membranes are due to the breakdown of red cells (haemolysis) or liver disease. • Methemoglobinemia results in brown or chocolate - coloured mucous membranes.
  11. 11. Capillary refill time ( CRT ) Evaluation of CRT is done by applying digital pressure to the surface of the mucous membranes and forcing the blood from the capillary bed and observing the return stimulation. Normal CRT is 1 – 2 seconds. A shortened CRT ( < 1/2 second) is suggestive of vasodilation. A prolonged capillary refill time ( > 2 seconds) is also a result of peripheral vasoconstriction and causes decreased peripheral perfusion.
  12. 12. Heart rate It is usually measured by auscultation of the heart, palpation of the apex beat, or palpation of an artery. Tachycardia:- • may be caused by hypovolemia , hypoxemia, hypotension, drugs, fever, excitement, exercise, and pain. • It is generally defined as a heart rate > 160 beats per minutes (bpm) in the dog or 200 bpm in the cat. Bradycardia:- • may be caused by increased vagal tone, severe electrolyte disturbances and hypothermia, drugs, or disturbances of the cardiac conduction system. • It is generally defined as a heart rate < 60 bpm in the dog and 140 bpm in the cat. Auscultation of the heart and palpation of an artery should occur simultaneously, so that pulse deficits (the difference between heart and pulse rate; they should be the same) can be determined. Pulse deficits are suggestive of arrhythmias.
  13. 13. Pulse quality Palpation of the artery provides information about the animal’s heart rate and rhythm. The femoral or dorsal pedal arteries are the commonly palpated arteries. Pulse quality is an indicator of stroke volume, the amount of blood pumped out of the heart with each beat. Ideally, the pulse should be full, regular, and strong, indicating a normal stroke volume. A thready pulse is defined as a narrow waveform and a weak pulse refers to a small amplitude pulse difference, both of which are indicative of a decreased stroke volume. Bounding pulses have a large pulse pressure difference and wide waveforms usually associated with increased stroke volume and vasodilation.
  14. 14. Extremity temperature • The paws, limbs, or ears should normally feel warm to the touch. Cool extremities are a result of vasoconstriction. Mentation • As previously mentioned, evaluation of mentation starts from a far. Observe the attitude of the patient. • Are there any fractures? • Is the abdomen painful or distended? • Is there evidence of debilitation or other signs of disease?
  15. 15. Common emergency procedures: Perform pericardiocentesis to relieve pericardial tamponade Measure blood pressure indirectly using a Doppler probe and sphygmomanometer with cuff Obtain Lead II ECG trace and assess it for life- threatening arrhythmias Manage a cardiopulmonary arrest and resuscitation Use ultrasouund to access a possible pericardial effusion Cardiovascular:
  16. 16. Respiratory: Place a nasal catheter for intranasal oxygen administration Place an indwelling chest tube Perform thoracocentesis Interpret the spO2 from blood gas measurements Interpret pH, HCO3 and pCO2 on blood gases Perform the anaesthesia to repair a diaphragmatic hernia Perform the surgical repair of a diaphragmatic hernia
  17. 17. Some of the Oxygen Delivery Methods used:
  18. 18. Nasal catheters • Place 3-5 drops of Proparacaine into nostril • Insert suture at caudoventral aspect of alar groove max. 1 cm from naris • Use 3.5 to 8 Fr tube Nasotracheal tubes • Same as for nasal catheter but head is hyperextended when catheter reaches level of pharynx • Insert tube rapidly as patient takes breath • Radiographs may be required to confirm location • Deliver O2 at 50 ml/kg/min (always humidify) Transtracheal catheters • Use 14-16 G IV Catheter • Insert catheter between rings in the mid cervical region • Aspirate to ensure location in trachea; Attach Oxygen at 50 ml/kg/min
  19. 19. Haemo-Lymphatic: Perform and interpret a platelet estimate from a blood smear Evaluate red blood cell morphology on a blood smear for an anaemic patient Interpret coagulation parameters on a coagulopathy suspect Administer a blood or plasma transfusion
  20. 20. • Musculo-Skeletal •Neurologic: Replace a dislocated hip under anaesthesia Place an Ehmer sling or perform any other kind of external or internal coaptation technique as per the type of fracture or injury Localise an acute intervertebral disk lesion and assess the prognosis

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