Lecture 1: Respiratory Emergencies:
This video based lecture will review the pathophysiology of respiratory distress. We will review the most common causes of respiratory emergencies, with an emphasis on understanding how the location of disease affects the breathing pattern. Just a simple physical exam can help elucidate the location of pathology, and help to guide your initial diagnostics and treatments.
Lecture 2: Shock, the basics: Hypovolemia and hemorrhage
This lecture will use a variety of small animal cases to cover fluid therapy in shock. We will manage acute hemorrhage, enteritis with severe dehydration, flea anemia and others. With these cases we’ll review fluid types, basic vascular access and intraosseous techniques. Blood and plasma transfusion basics will also be reviewed.
Lecture 3: Practical Head Trauma:
Head trauma is another common presentation to the emergency room – but how to effectively manage it? We will discuss how to rapidly perform an initial survey, how to calculate a modified Glasgow Coma Scale, and review the current literature on treatments and prognostic indicators.
Lecture 4: Shock, the challenging: Heart failure, Sepsis and SIRS
Drawing on the basics, this lecture will focus on more complicated circulatory shock. Using two cardiac cases (severe mitral insufficiency with pulmonary edema and a pericardial effusion) we’ll review the pitfalls of fluid therapy with cardiogenic shock while working through other support strategies including diuretics, venodilators, short term ventilation and positive inotropes. We will finish with cases of septic peritonitis and heat stroke to round out the treatment strategies for distributive shock.
Lecture 5: Update on Parvoviral Enteritis
Updates on parvovirus: Parvovirus is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in canine patients worldwide. This talk reviews current treatment strategies with an emphasis on the most recent studies on this important virus, and how this information can be incorporated into treatment plans at any practice. Effective biosecurity measures will be reviewed as well.