Peritoneal dialysis (PD) remains a viable treatment for patients with acute renal failure, particularly in the face of oliguria or anuria when renal recovery is deemed possible. This presentation will focus on the indications for initiating peritoneal dialysis (PD), and the practical application of providing peritoneal dialysis in hospital.
Veterinary clinics have many of the supplies necessary to provide PD to patients. This lecture will focus on the equipment and supplies needed for PD, as well as catheter selection and placement. A procedural overview will follow including how to initiate dialysis, how to alter the prescription and clinical expectations. A review of monitoring for the dialysis patient as well as potential complications will follow. The presentation will address the support staff necessary and time commitment involved. Participants should understand the principles of PD, and have an understanding of how to perform dialysis on completion of the lecture.
Recording from 27.06.2018
Dr Alexa Bersenas DVM MSc DACVECC
Dr. Bersenas is an Associate Professor in Clinical Studies at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph, Canada. She is the Chief of the Emergency & Critical Care Service at the OVC Health Sciences Center since 2008. Dr. Bersenas has been a faculty member at OVC since 2004.
Dr. Bersenas graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a small animal rotating internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. She worked in small animal practice for 2 years in Toronto and subsequently returned to academia. She completed a residency in Emergency & Critical Care and a concurrent Masters in Science, at the OVC, from 2001-2004.
Dr. Bersenas has an interest in respiratory and renal failure as well as feline medicine, analgesia, and the provision of exceptional nursing care. In addition to patient care, Dr. Bersenas enjoys student (undergraduate and graduate) teaching, and active participation in Continuing Education. Beyond veterinary medicine, she enjoys travelling, the outdoors, and family and friends.