BSAVA Cognitive Aids for Anaesthesia in Small Animal Practice

BSAVA Cognitive Aids for Anaesthesia in Small Animal Practice

By Matthew McMillan

The BSAVA Cognitive Aids for Anaesthesia in Small Animal Practice is a quick reference resource for veterinary teams in theatre. It includes checklists that should be completed as part of any anaesthetic procedure as well as troubleshooting guides and crisis checklists. Areas covered include:

  • Equipment and drugs lists
  • Pre-anaesthetic assessment lists and forms
  • Intraoperative safety checklists
  • Crisis checklists (e.g. hyperthermia, hypotension, haemorrhage)
  • Troubleshooting guides for capnography waveforms, pulse waveforms and pulse oximetry
Table of Contents

Foreword v

Preface vi

Section 1 Introduction and general information

1 Introduction 2

2 How to use this guide 3

3 How to run the checklists 6

Section 2 General cognitive aids

4 Pre-anaesthetic assessment 8

5 Anaesthetic planning questions 10

6 Essential drugs 11

7 Anaesthetic machine checklist 13

8 Breathing system checklist 14

9 Essential equipment checklist 15

10 Difficult airway equipment checklist 16

11 Crash box 17

12 Safety checklist: pre-induction 18

13 Post-induction checklist 19

14 Safety checklist: before starting procedure 20

15 Safety checklist: before recovery 21

16 Recovery and patient handover checklist 22

Section 3 Crisis checklists and cognitive aids

17 Rapid situational assessment 24

18 Diagnostic considerations 26

19 Cardiopulmonary arrest and basic life support 29

20 Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) drugs chart 31

21 Difficult airway 32

22 Post-induction apnoea 34

23 Hypoxaemia, desaturation and cyanosis 35

24 Hypotension 38

25 Bronchoconstriction 41

26 Haemorrhage 42

27 Hypertension 44

28 Bradycardia 46

29 Tachycardia 48

30 Hyperkalaemia – myocardial toxicity 50

31 Anaphylaxis and allergic reactions 52

32 Pulmonary embolism 53

33 Troubleshooting: pulse waveforms and pulse oximetry 54

34 Troubleshooting: capnography 56

Index of checklists 62

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