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  • Why I Like Overnights

    Do I like overnights? Does anyone like overnights? Maybe a few masochistic vampires out there can truly answer yes but the truth is that working graveyard is tough. It is unnatural and completely soc...
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  • Here's My Problem: Overnight Anticipation

    I have to work an overnight shift tonight. It’s a mid-week overnight shift, surrounded by days of meetings and office work. My favorite. In my outside-of-work life I LOVE anticipation, but as I force...
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  • Drinks After Work

    Many shifts leave me feeling like a weary soldier of the ER/ICU, and (more often than not) the Grim Reaper. These times call for a drink. I envy those of you that can meet for so-called "happy hou...
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  • Transfusion Medicine Myths

    Transfusion medicine has greatly evolved since the discovery of canine blood groups in 1910. Today, there are about a half dozen erythrocyte antigens that are clinically significant in canines, the mo...
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  • Feline Hypothermia

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses the reasoning and importance of warming cold (<97 degrees F) cats before administering large quantities of IV fluids.

    2 min

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  • Aftercare Paw Prints

    Technician Assistant, Cecily Douglas, demonstrates how to make a set of ink paw prints as part of aftercare on deceased patients.

    3 min 16 sec

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  • Central Line Use and Care

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses central line care and talks step by step of how to use a central line to obtain a blood sample.

    7 min 31 sec

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  • Esophagostomy Tube Care and Feeding

    Rachel Renfro, CVT, VTS(ECC), walks you through proper esophagostomy tube maintenance, diet preparation, and how to feed through an esophagostomy tube.

    9 min 27 sec

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  • Icterus

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to recognize icterus in a dog and discusses common medical reasons for icterus.

    2 min 3 sec

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  • Hyperkalemia

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses hyperkalemia in the context of urinary obstruction. Medications and management techniques are mentioned.

    2 min 17 sec

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  • Using Sterilization Pouches

    Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Sarah Crisp, talks through how to sterilize instruments in single sterilization pouches.

    1 min 54 sec

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  • GDV - VPC

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses ventricular premature contractions (VPCs) in a GDV case, including recognition and monitoring.

    1 min 37 sec

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  • GDV - Gastric Trocarization

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, demonstrates gastric trocarization in a patient presenting with GDV.

    3 min 38 sec

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  • GDV - Radiographs

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, interprets and discusses a right lateral radiograph taken on a patient presenting with GDV.

    2 min 17 sec

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  • GDV - Presentation

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the first steps of treating a patient with GDV when they present to the hospital.

    1 min 18 sec

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  • Deobstipation

    Even after 24 hours of IV fluids, Susan Dugat, DVM, and Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, still have to put quite a bit of “muscle” into deobstipating this cat.

    3 min 57 sec

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  • Cage Aggression

    Meredith Rose, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to appropriately manage a dog that has severe cage aggression.

    2 min 36 sec

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  • Canine Endotracheal Intubation

    Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anes.), explains endotracheal tube selection, intubation, and how to check proper endotracheal tube placement.

    5 min 50 sec

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  • Compassion Fatigue

    Did you know that caring too much can hurt? When veterinary staff members are exposed to others pain, they can succumb to symptoms associated with the secondary traumatic stress disorder now labeled compa...
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  • Critical Transport

    Join the DoveLewis team as they travel across Portland to pick up and transport a critical patient back to the ICU.

    3 min 6 sec

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  • Fractious Cat Restraint

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and Technician Assistant, Sarah Crisp, wrangle Max, a very grumpy cat who is in the ER for an exam and diagnostics. Megan gives some tips on handling aggressive and fractio...

    4 min 14 sec

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  • Use of a 3-Way Stopcock

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), uses water and food coloring to demonstrate how to properly use a 3-way stopcock.

    1 min 35 sec

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  • Open and Hand Off a Sterile Pack

    Surgery assistant, Sarah Crisp, explains step-by-step how to open and hand off a sterile pack.

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Autotransfusion

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses how to obtain blood for an auto-transfusion.Sometimes the best transfusion is one the patient provides for themselves.

    3 min 9 sec

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  • Wrapping Sterile Packs

    Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Sarah Crisp, explains step-by-step how to wrap a surgical pack for steam sterilization.

    6 min

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  • Implementing Triage

    Triage is the act of organizing patients into levels of importance. The worst patients should be seen first, the more stable patients can ‘wait their turn’. By using information given to you by the owner...
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  • Porcupine Quills

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses a dramatic case of porcupine quill migration from the DoveLewis ICU.

    3 min 20 sec

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  • Zinc Toxicity

    Find a penny pick it up…wise words to live by, unless you’re a dog. Some dogs (and cats!) can’t resist the shiny allure of pennies and if they happen to ingest pennies minted after 1982 they can pay the p...
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  • Pectus Excavatum

    Pectus excavatum is a condition where the sternum is deformed and in severe cases can cause respiratory distress. Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, performs the splinting procedure to correct this deformity in a...

    6 min 1 sec

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  • Anesthesia Induction and Recovery

    Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anest.), talks through an anesthesia induction with propofol and anesthesia recovery. What are some common anesthesia induction drugs used in your hospital? Which ones do yo...

    6 min 15 sec

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  • Decreasing IV Catheter Problems

    Placing peripheral catheters is something technicians do everyday. With this article I hope I can give you some new techniques on placing them aseptically which will help them run trouble free. These are...
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  • Plasma Transfusion

    Plasma transfusions can be performed in any hospital. Our Blood Bank Director Jill Greene, CVT, shows you how to set up and monitor a patient receiving a plasma transfusion.

    4 min 3 sec

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  • Central Line - Seldinger Technique

    Meredith Rose, CVT, VTS(ECC), talks Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS(ECC), through her first central line placement. Patient prep, placement, confirmation, and care are discussed.

    18 min 24 sec

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  • Canine Blood Donation

    Jill Greene, CVT, explains how in a pinch you can draw a blood donation from one dog and turn around and infuse it into a sick patient.

    7 min 1 sec

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  • Intestinal Evisceration

    Intestinal evisceration injuries are devastating events due to trauma or dehiscence of surgical incisions. Often if the event is not recognized and treated immediately, exposed intestines are severely con...
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  • Medical Math - Drug Dosages

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to perform basic medical math to figure out how many ml of a drug to draw up and administer.

    3 min 45 sec

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  • Medical Math - Drug Percentages

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), explains how to convert a percentage solution into mg/ml to perform drug calculations.

    1 min 22 sec

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  • Wound Infusion Catheter

    Many of our canine and feline patients experience trauma resulting in wounds that cause them severe pain. Often, we find it difficult to control the patient’s pain with the standard modalities such as opi...
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  • Hypothermia

    One of the most inexpensive monitoring devices in any animal clinic or hospital is the trusty thermometer. It can give us valuable information in just a few seconds. There are three common types of thermo...
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  • Blood Draw Lateral Saphenous

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through obtaining a blood sample from the lateral saphenous vein in a dog. The lateral saphenous vein in dogs is an ideal spot for quick blood draws....

    2 min 5 sec

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  • Alternate Site IM Injection

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), explains this user requested video for alternate site IM injection. If the patient is positioned in such a way that the epaxial muscles are not available you can try this lo...

    59 sec

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  • Scrubbing In

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, walks through proper technique for a surgical scrub, gowning and sterile closed gloving technique. This is a great review for staff members who infrequently scrub in for surgical...

    15 min 52 sec

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  • The Importance of Blood Typing

    To say that transfusion medicine has an increasingly important role in the life support of critically ill patients is an under statement. The knowledge that veterinary professionals have on companion anim...
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  • Suture Basics

    In this brief video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to decipher suture size and material.

    2 min 1 sec

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  • Pericardiocentesis

    In this video Katherine Earl, DVM, walks you through performing a pericardiocentesis on a dog. Ultrasound use is demonstrated in this particular procedure.

    5 min 37 sec

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  • Directional Terms

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), summarizes the most common directional terms used in medical terminology.

    1 min 50 sec

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  • Thoracic Radiographs

    Proper positioning is key to obtaining diagnostic radiographs. In this video, Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), reviews proper thoracic radiograph positioning and safety.

    5 min 30 sec

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  • Organophosphate Toxicity

    A six–year–old spayed female Golden Retriever was brought to DoveLewis with the presenting complaint of being poisoned. The dog was immediately triaged to the treatment floor for assessment. On physical e...
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  • Insulin Care and Use

    When you look at amount to impact ratio, insulin packs a pretty powerful punch. In this video Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, reviews how to handle and inject insulin and is also a great tool for teaching clien...

    4 min 18 sec

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  • Esophagostomy Tube Placement

    Nathan Bodnar, DVM, walks you through placing an esophagostomy tube in a cat. Esophagostomy tubes are a simple way to introduce nutrition to an anorexic animal or one recovering from oral trauma/surg...

    6 min 15 sec

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