Anesthesia

anesthesiaBelow is a list of Advanced Pet Care Of Parker’s veterinary anesthesia monitoring equipment and personnel:

The Surgery Assistant

The Surgery Assistant is the most important monitor during an anesthetic procedure. The assistant is professionally trained to observe and monitor the patient throughout the entire procedure, from induction until recovery. The assistant adjusts the anesthetic levels according to the patient?s vital signs and ensures that the patient remains stable throughout the procedure.

Pulse Oximetry

Pulse Oximetry is used to monitor the amount of oxygen in the patient?s blood and the pulse rate. This instrument should always be used in conjunction with other pieces of monitoring equipment.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Electrocardiogram (ECG) is sometimes referred to as an EKG from the German term. It is used to observe the pattern of the heartbeat. It is very important to detect abnormal heartbeats called arrhythmias. If abnormal heartbeats are observed, appropriate changes in anesthesia and/or emergency medications can be administered.

Blood Pressure Monitor

Blood Pressure Monitor measures the systolic (when the heart contracts or pumps) and the diastolic (when the heart relaxes or refills) blood pressure. It also gives a MAP reading. This stands for Mean Arterial Pressure and is the average arterial pressure in one cardiac cycle (from the beginning of one heartbeat to the beginning of the next). Coupled with other monitoring equipment, this gives detailed information on the cardiovascular status of the patient.

Core Body Temperature

Core Body Temperature is monitored, especially during a prolonged surgery, by inserting a probe into the rectum. Low or high body temperature can cause dangerous complications. Maintenance of normal body temperature is especially important in small, young patients.

Heart Rate Monitor

Heart Rate Monitor measures the number of heartbeats per minute. This is important to monitor so that increases or decreases can be detected early and anesthetic adjustments made quickly, resulting in smoother anesthesia for our patients.