STANDARDS OF CARE ANESTHETIC SAFETY
Anesthetic safety is paramount!
In order to maximize safety and comfort, our standard of care for all pets undergoing anesthesia or prolonged sedation includes:
- Pre-surgical exam
- Preemptive and multi-modal pain management
- Anesthesia monitoring
- IV fluid support as needed
- Pre-anesthetic blood-work at doctor’s discretion
Your anesthetized pets each have their own fully trained and experienced veterinary technician to monitor them during the entire anesthetic procedure. They continually evaluate patient anesthetic depth and vitals to assure safety and comfort during surgical procedures. They continuously use their eyes, ears, and hands to monitor anesthesia, assess and support your pet. The following monitoring equipment aids them in that job:
- Oscillometric Blood Pressure: Monitors heart rate, rhythm and blood pressure to assure delivery of oxygenated blood to all tissues during anesthesia.
- Pulse oximeter: Monitors oxygenation of blood in real time.
- ECG: Continuously displays electrical activity of the heart and warns if heart slows or becomes irregular, as well as monitoring breathing rate and rhythm.
- Rectal temperature & recirculating warm water blanket helps assure body heat is being maintained during surgery.
Intravenous fluids help ensure safe, smooth, comfortable anesthesia. IV fluids help maintain blood pressure, which is critical for the health of vital organs like the heart, brain and kidneys. IV catheters provide instant access to the bloodstream in case lifesaving drugs are needed during a procedure. Finally, IV fluids prevent dehydration and help maintain homeostasis, which allows for a quicker, smoother recovery.