Anesthetic Management of the Head Trauma Patient for Veterinary Nurses
In this webinar, attendees will learn the pathophysiology of an increased intracranial pressure; in particular increased intracranial pressure secondary to traumatic brain injury. Further, they will learn strategies to ensure optimal perianesthetic care for these patients is achieved.
Increased intracranial pressure is, unfortunately, not uncommon in the veterinary field. Whether secondary to traumatic brain injury, intracranial lesion, or cerebral ischemia, these patients offer a challenging management picture particularly when general anesthesia is required. For many of these pets, general anesthesia and/or sedation is needed for imaging and diagnostics as well as supportive care (e.g. mechanical ventilation). Without general anesthesia these patients have an increased risk of morbidity and mortality, this is even more of a risk in the perianesthetic period.
It is important that not only are the appropriate steps undertaken to ensure appropriate anesthetic management but that other comorbidities that can be present with trauma, vascular events, or intracranial lesions are considered and treated as well.
Management of these patients can be complicated but does not need to be intimidating. By considering and treating the pet for its pathologies we can minimize the adverse effects of anesthetic agents while still ensuring that the best level of diagnostics and care can be performed safely.
Recording from 18.02.2020
Elizabeth Goudie-DeAngelis DVM, MS, DACVAA
Dr. Elizabeth Goudie-DeAngelis attended Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine, she completed her clinical year at the University of Missouri before returning to New York where she worked as an emergency clinician for several months before her rotating small animal internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in NYC. Following her rotating internship she returned to ER briefly before starting a comparative anesthesiology residency and Master's program at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her residency she started the anesthesiology department at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in NYC, she currently heads the anesthesiology department for the four locations.