Pre-anaesthetic assessment of the small animal patient
Anaesthesia is a vital tool in small animal practice to facilitate diagnostic, corrective and curative procedures. Principles of appropriate drug choices and techniques are paramount to reduce peri-anaesthetic complications. But how do we come to make these choices? Pre-anaesthetic assessment of the individual patient in respect to signalment, disease status and procedure is invaluable in making these decisions. Pertinent history, and thorough physical examinations are the cornerstone to guide further relevant testing. Risk assessments and the factors that influence these risks, need to be identified and remedied where possible, prior to anaesthesia. Diagnostic testing with respect to blood work, electrocardiograms, and imaging are point of care tools which can add significant information to assist in our quest for the most appropriate peri-anaesthetic plan.
Dr Louise Bass BSc BVMS MANZCVS (Surgery, Anaesthesia and Critical Care) DECVAA
Louise graduated from Murdoch University in 1996, and worked principally in small animal practice. She completed her residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Critical Care at Murdoch University in 2007. Louise is a Diplomate with the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and a Member with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Surgery and Anaesthesia and Critical Care. She started a small private Veterinary Anaesthesia Consultancy in Perth nearly 10 years ago. Louise provides anaesthesia services primarily at a private referral hospital and conducts both anaesthesia case management and continuing eduction to general practice throughout the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia.