cover image - Anesthesia and Analgesia for Veterinary Technicians - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource,4th Edition
ISBN: 9780323067058
Page Count: 432
Imprint: Mosby
List Price: $56.95

Anesthesia and Analgesia for Veterinary Technicians - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource,4th Edition

by John Thomas, DVM and Phillip Lerche, BVSc, PhD, Dipl ACVA
Elsevier eBook on VitalSource
cover image - Anesthesia and Analgesia for Veterinary Technicians - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource,4th Edition
ISBN: 9780323067058
Page Count: 432
Imprint: Mosby
List Price: $56.95
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This guide to the principles of anesthesia administration in animals combines user-friendly coverage of essential information with an outstanding illustration program and improved readability. Anesthesia and Analgesia for Veterinary Technicians, 4th Edition prepares you to administer anesthesia with information on pre-anesthetic preparation of the patient, induction procedures, monitoring animals’ vital signs during the anesthetic period, and postoperative care. Expert authors John A. Thomas, DVM, and Phillip Lerche, BVSc PhD, Dipl ACVA, also include discussions of actions and side effects of anesthetic agents, the physiology of respiration, heart rate and blood pressure, emergency response, anesthetic equipment, and specialized techniques.


    • Comprehensive scope of coverage includes both large and small animals.
    • A reading level and depth of information appropriate for the technical level.
    • Easy-to-read, user-friendly format makes this a practical guide in the classroom or in practice.
    • Objectives, key points, and review questions help reinforce learning.
    • Focus on health and safety issues satisfies OSHA requirements.
    • Step-by-step procedures boxes clarify the technician's role in anesthesia delivery.
      • New organization and completely updated techniques, drugs, and equipment keep you up-to-date on the latest advances in the field.
      • 49 new procedures boxes, 20 anesthetic protocol boxes, and 5 case studies help you apply knowledge to real-life situations.
      • Two new large animal chapters cover pain management and anesthetic techniques for equine and ruminant patients.
      • Illustrated, step-by-step procedures and the full-color format make this text inviting and user-friendly.
      • All new figures and 4-color art make the material easy to understand and visually appealing.
      • New material in every chapter incorporates the expanding role of veterinary technician anesthetists, especially in referral practices, teaching institutions, and research.
      • Chapter outlines and Technician Tips emphasize key information and highlight key terms in the glossary.
      • Student resources on the Evolve website include a video animation that demonstrates the use and maintenance of different anesthesia machines.
      1. Introduction to Anesthesia

        History of anesthesia

        The Veterinary Technician’s Role in the Practice of Anesthesia

      2. Patient Preparation
      3. Communication—A Key to Success

        The Minimum Patient Database

        Patient History

        Physical Examination and Physical Assessment

        Preanesthetic Diagnostic Workup

        Determination of the Physical Status Classification

        Selection of the Anesthetic Protocol

        Preinduction Patient Care

        Withholding Food before Anesthesia

        Patient Stabilization

        Intravenous Catheterization

        Reasons for Intravenous Catheterization

        Choosing and Placing an Intravenous Catheter

        Fluid administration

        Composition of Body Fluids

        Fluid Homeostasis

        Fluid Needs

        Classification of IV Fluids

        IV Fluid Selection and Administration Rates

        Adverse Effects of Fluid Administration

        Calculating Fluid Administration Rates

        Other Preanesthetic Care

      4. Anesthetic Agents and Adjuncts
      5. Introduction to Anesthetic Agents and Adjuncts

        Agonists, Partial Agonists, Mixed Agonist-Antagonists, and Antagonists

        Analgesic Effects of Anesthetics and Adjuncts

        Using drugs in combination

        Regulatory Considerations for Controlled Substances

        Preanesthetic Medications

        Reasons for the use of preanesthetic medications


        Tranquilizers and Sedatives



        Opioid Antagonists

        Injectable Anesthetics



        Dissociative anesthetics



        Inhalation Anesthetics

        Classes of Inhalation Agents

        CNS and Respiratory Stimulants


      6. Anesthetic Equipment
      7. Endotracheal Tubes and Associated Equipment

        Endotracheal tube parts



        Anesthetic Chambers

        Anesthetic Machines

        Components of the Anesthetic Machine

        Rebreathing Systems

        Non-rebreathing Systems

        Operation of the Anesthetic Machine

        Care and Maintenance of Anesthetic Equipment

      8. Anesthetic Monitoring
      9. Introduction to Monitoring

        Stages and Planes of Anesthesia

        Overview of Anesthetic Stages and Planes

        Finding the Optimum Depth

        Determining whether or not the Patient is Safe

        Indicators of Circulation

        Heart rate

        Heart rhythm

        Capillary refill time

        Blood Pressure

        Pulse strength

        Indicators of Oxygenation

        Mucous membrane color

        Physiology of Oxygen transport

        Pulse Oximeter

        Blood Gas Analysis

        Indicators of Ventilation

        Respiratory rate

        Tidal volume

        Respiratory Character

        Apnea monitor

        Capnograph (End-tidal CO2 monitor)

        Blood gas analysis

        Indicators of Body Temperature

        Assessment of Anesthetic Depth

        Reflexes and Other Indicators of Anesthetic Depth

        Judging Anesthetic Depth

        Recording Information during Anesthesia

      10. Special Techniques
      11. Local anesthesia

        Local anesthetic agents

        Characteristics of local anesthetics

        Mechanism of Action

        Route of Administration of Local Anesthetics

        Toxicity of Local Anesthetics

        Assisted and controlled ventilation

        Ventilation in the Awake Animal

        Ventilation in the Anesthetized Animal

        Types of Controlled Ventilation

        Risks of Controlled Ventilation

        Neuromuscular blocking agents

      12. Analgesia
      13. Physiology of pain

        Consequences of untreated pain

        Signs of pain in animals

        Pain assessment tools

        Assessing response to therapy

        Perioperative pain management

        Pharmacologic analgesic therapy

        Opioid Agents

        Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs

        Other Analgesic Agents

        Multimodal Therapy

        Home Analgesia

        Nursing care

        Non-pharmacologic therapies

      14. Canine and Feline Anesthesia
      15. Patient Preparation

        Selecting a Protocol

        Summary of a General Anesthetic Procedure

        Anesthetic induction with an IM agent or combination

        Anesthetic induction with an IV injection of an ultra-short acting agent to effect

        Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) by IV boluses of an ultra-short acting agent

        Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) by constant rate infusion (CRI)

        Induction and maintenance with an inhalant agent

        IV induction and maintenance with an inhalant agent

        Equipment Preparation

        Premedication or Sedation

        Anesthetic Induction

        IV Induction

        Inhalation Agents

        Mask Induction

        Chamber Induction

        IM Induction

        Oral administration

        Endotracheal Intubation

        Equipment for Endotracheal Intubation

        Selecting an Endotracheal Tube

        Preparing the Tube

        Intubation Procedure

        Checking for Proper Placement

        Securing the Tube

        Cuff inflation


        Complications of Intubation

        Maintenance of Anesthesia

        Maintenance with an Inhalant Agent

        Maintenance with repeat boluses of propofol or other ultrashort-acting agent

        Maintenance with a CRI

        Maintenance with injectable and inhalant agents

        Maintenance with an IM injection

        Patient Positioning, Comfort and Safety

        Anesthetic Recovery

        Anesthetist's Role in the Recovery Period

        Signs of Recovery

    • John Thomas, DVM, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Technology, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH and Phillip Lerche, BVSc, PhD, Dipl ACVA, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
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