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Veterinary Nursing Stage 2 Certificate IV: Surgical Nursing/Theatre Routines

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Pre-operative Patient Preparation

This segment gives the guidelines for the basic concept of positioning and restraining the patient, disinfecting the site of the surgical approach, and establishing the sterile field before the surgeon begins

Implementing Aseptic technique

This video explains the role of the surgical assistant, and techniques and expectations if asked to scrub in and assist during surgery. Proper communication is critical to ensure that a surgery is safe and sterile.

Introduction and Instrument Sterilization

This film introduces the seven topics in the veterinary surgical assisting video series and explains protocols and procedures to properly sterilize instruments; each method has unique benefits for different scenarios.

Suture Materials

A basic understanding of suture materials is beneficial for assisting surgeries. This film highlights the types of absorbable and non-absorbable sutures, suture size, and suture use.

Instruments used in surgery

Learn about the types of instruments used in veterinary surgery and the proper care, cleaning, and packing of these instruments for sterilization. 

Post-Operative Patient care or maintenance

The surgical assistant's role in post-operative care is vital. This film highlights assistant responsibilities directly after surgery and throughout recovery. The operating room should be maintained to high standards of cleanliness

Pre-anesthetic phase

This installment features the pre-anesthetic phase of veterinary anesthesia assisting. Learn about patient evaluation and the process for pre-selecting drugs for pain management, unconsciousness, muscle relaxation, and sedation. All drugs used must be recorded in the medical and anesthetic record.

Anesthetic equipment & patient monitoring

Monitoring a patient under anesthesia helps prevent anesthetic chrisis and allows the surgeon to concentrate on the surgery. This video provides techniques for responsible monitoring

Monitoring of the anesthetized patient

The surgical assistant often monitors the patient during a surgery. This film discusses vital signs that must be monitored while a patient is under anesthesia: pulse rate, blood pressure, IV fluids, capillary refill time, and core body temperature. 

Recovery Phase

The length of a patient's recovery phase depends on the duration of anesthesia. This film explains necessary steps to care for an animal once the anesthetic gas is turned off

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