NOVEMBER 7-8, 2024

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Triaging the Respiratory Emergency

07 Nov 2024
Midtown Clinical Theater

Respiratory emergencies present significant challenges in veterinary medicine, demanding prompt and effective intervention to ensure favorable outcomes for affected patients. This lecture, "Triaging the Respiratory Emergency," is tailored for veterinarians seeking to enhance their proficiency in prioritizing and managing cases of respiratory distress with confidence and precision.

The session will commence with an exploration of the common etiologies and clinical presentations of respiratory emergencies encountered in veterinary practice. Through case-based discussions and illustrative examples, attendees will gain insight into recognizing the diverse manifestations of respiratory distress, ranging from mild dyspnea to life-threatening respiratory failure.

A comprehensive approach to triaging respiratory emergencies will be elucidated, emphasizing the importance of rapid assessment and prioritization of cases based on the severity of clinical signs, underlying pathophysiology, and potential for rapid deterioration. Attendees will learn practical techniques for conducting focused respiratory assessments, including respiratory rate monitoring, auscultation of lung sounds, and assessment of mucous membrane color and capillary refill time.

The core of the lecture will focus on evidence-based strategies for the initial stabilization and management of respiratory emergencies in veterinary patients. Key topics will include airway management techniques, oxygen therapy protocols, and pharmacological interventions to alleviate respiratory distress and improve oxygenation.

Furthermore, the lecture will address the importance of diagnostic testing in guiding treatment decisions for respiratory emergencies, including imaging modalities, blood gas analysis, and point-of-care testing. Attendees will gain practical insights into interpreting diagnostic findings and utilizing them to refine therapeutic strategies and prognostic assessments.

  • Identify the common etiologies and clinical presentations of respiratory emergencies in veterinary patients, enabling attendees to recognize and categorize different manifestations of respiratory distress based on underlying pathophysiology and severity of clinical signs.
  • Apply a systematic approach to triaging respiratory emergencies, including rapid assessment techniques and prioritization strategies based on the severity of clinical signs and potential for rapid deterioration, to facilitate timely intervention and optimize patient outcomes.
  • Implement evidence-based management strategies for respiratory emergencies, including airway management techniques, oxygen therapy protocols, and pharmacological interventions, to stabilize patients, improve oxygenation, and alleviate respiratory distress effectively while minimizing the risk of complications.
Mariana Pardo, Veterinary Criticalist - Veterinary Emergency Group

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