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Common Toxicities & Decontamination Techniques

07 Nov 2024
Uptown Clinical Theater
Emergency/CC

Veterinarians frequently encounter cases of poisoning in their practice, necessitating rapid identification of toxic agents and implementation of appropriate decontamination strategies to mitigate harm and improve patient outcomes. This lecture, "Safeguarding Pets: Common Toxicities & Decontamination Techniques," is tailored to equip veterinary professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage cases of toxic exposure in companion animals.

The session will commence with an overview of common toxic substances encountered in household and outdoor environments, including medications, household chemicals, plants, and food items toxic to pets. Through case-based discussions and illustrative examples, attendees will gain insight into recognizing the clinical signs associated with different toxicities and interpreting diagnostic findings to facilitate accurate identification of the offending agent.

A comprehensive approach to the initial assessment and triage of toxicological emergencies will be elucidated, emphasizing the importance of rapid stabilization and targeted decontamination to minimize absorption and distribution of toxic substances. Practical techniques for conducting focused physical examinations, assessing vital signs, and obtaining pertinent historical information will be discussed to guide clinical decision-making and prioritize interventions based on the severity of toxicity and potential for rapid deterioration.

The core of the lecture will focus on evidence-based decontamination techniques for managing toxic exposures in veterinary patients. Key topics will include gastric decontamination methods such as emesis induction, gastric lavage, and administration of activated charcoal, as well as dermal and ocular decontamination protocols for external exposures. Attendees will learn to tailor decontamination strategies to the specific toxic agent, route of exposure, and clinical status of the patient, while minimizing risks of aspiration and other complications.

Furthermore, the lecture will address supportive care measures and antidotal therapies available for select toxicities, highlighting the importance of symptomatic treatment, monitoring for complications, and providing ongoing supportive care to optimize patient outcomes.

In conclusion, "Safeguarding Pets: Common Toxicities & Decontamination Techniques" aims to empower veterinary professionals with the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to identify, manage, and mitigate the effects of toxic exposures in companion animals, ultimately promoting the health and well-being of pets in the communities they serve.

  • Identify common toxic substances encountered in household and outdoor environments that pose a risk to companion animals, enabling attendees to recognize the clinical signs associated with different toxicities and interpret diagnostic findings to accurately identify the offending agent.
  • Apply a systematic approach to the initial assessment and triage of toxicological emergencies in veterinary patients, incorporating rapid stabilization techniques and targeted decontamination strategies such as emesis induction, gastric lavage, and administration of activated charcoal to minimize absorption and distribution of toxic substances.
  • Implement evidence-based decontamination techniques for managing toxic exposures in companion animals, including gastric, dermal, and ocular decontamination protocols, tailored to the specific toxic agent, route of exposure, and clinical status of the patient, while minimizing risks of aspiration and other complications.
Speakers
Mariana Pardo, Veterinary Criticalist - Veterinary Emergency Group

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