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    Drinks After Work

    Views: 2,211 - Comments: 2

    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 hour", the late sunlight...

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    Transfusion Medicine Myths

    Views: 11,505 - Comments: 8

    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 most important of which are...

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    Feline Hypothermia

    Views: 4,006 - Comments: 2

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

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    Aftercare Paw Prints

    Views: 5,485 - Comments: 7

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

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    Central Line Use and Care

    Views: 8,569 - Comments: 8

    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.

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    Esophagostomy Tube Care and Feeding

    Views: 7,408 - Comments: 3

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

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    Icterus

    Views: 3,759 - Comments: 1

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

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    Hyperkalemia

    Views: 3,484 - Comments: 0

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

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    Using Sterilization Pouches

    Views: 10,001 - Comments: 3

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

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    GDV - VPC

    Views: 6,470 - Comments: 2

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

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    GDV - Gastric Trocarization

    Views: 13,609 - Comments: 9

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

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    GDV - Radiographs

    Views: 6,824 - Comments: 1

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

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    GDV - Presentation

    Views: 5,997 - Comments: 3

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

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    Deobstipation

    Views: 5,818 - Comments: 4

    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.

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    Cage Aggression

    Views: 17,386 - Comments: 6

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

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    Canine Endotracheal Intubation

    Views: 23,331 - Comments: 17

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

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  • Article

    Compassion Fatigue

    Views: 12,801 - Comments: 8

    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 compassion fatigue. Compassion...

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    Critical Transport

    Views: 2,760 - Comments: 5

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

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    Fractious Cat Restraint

    Views: 32,659 - Comments: 30

    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 fractious cats.

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    Use of a 3-Way Stopcock

    Views: 10,365 - Comments: 0

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

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    Open and Hand Off a Sterile Pack

    Views: 11,793 - Comments: 8

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

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    Autotransfusion

    Views: 6,188 - Comments: 4

    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.

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    Wrapping Sterile Packs

    Views: 17,253 - Comments: 14

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

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  • Article

    Implementing Triage

    Views: 16,604 - Comments: 7

    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 and by using your knowledg...

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    Porcupine Quills

    Views: 3,246 - Comments: 2

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

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  • Article

    Zinc Toxicity

    Views: 7,786 - Comments: 2

    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 price in the form of a dead...

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    Pectus Excavatum

    Views: 3,214 - Comments: 6

    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 kitten.

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    Anesthesia Induction and Recovery

    Views: 19,431 - Comments: 15

    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 you prefer for your patients...

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    Decreasing IV Catheter Problems

    Views: 47,725 - Comments: 20

    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 techniques that will decre...

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    Plasma Transfusion

    Views: 7,343 - Comments: 10

    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.

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    Central Line - Seldinger Technique

    Views: 9,914 - Comments: 13

    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.

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    CPR (CPCR)

    Views: 16,476 - Comments: 6

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, (RECOVER initiative contributor) walks viewers through the basics of CPR in this lecture, then heads to the hospital floor to demonstrate the hands on skills needed to perform CPR in your hospit...

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    Canine Blood Donation

    Views: 7,119 - Comments: 12

    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.

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    Intestinal Evisceration

    Views: 19,224 - Comments: 3

    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 contaminated and damaged from...

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    Medical Math - Drug Dosages

    Views: 13,071 - Comments: 11

    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.

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    Medical Math - Drug Percentages

    Views: 10,807 - Comments: 3

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

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  • Article

    Wound Infusion Catheter

    Views: 9,247 - Comments: 13

    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 opiate and non-steroidal anti...

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    Hypothermia

    Views: 10,496 - Comments: 5

    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 thermometers found in general pr...

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    Blood Draw Lateral Saphenous

    Views: 24,008 - Comments: 8

    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.

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    Alternate Site IM Injection

    Views: 8,601 - Comments: 6

    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 location for IM injection.

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    Scrubbing In

    Views: 13,195 - Comments: 4

    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 procedures.  ...

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    The Importance of Blood Typing

    Views: 16,550 - Comments: 4

    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 animal transfusion therapy has...

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    Suture Basics

    Views: 10,668 - Comments: 5

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

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    Pericardiocentesis

    Views: 5,511 - Comments: 3

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

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    Directional Terms

    Views: 11,349 - Comments: 9

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

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    Thoracic Radiographs

    Views: 13,625 - Comments: 4

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

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  • Article

    Organophosphate Toxicity

    Views: 10,077 - Comments: 1

    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 examination, she was found...

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    Insulin Care and Use

    Views: 5,664 - Comments: 6

    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 clients to do the same.

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    Esophagostomy Tube Placement

    Views: 10,457 - Comments: 4

    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/surgery. NOTE: This cat is imm...

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    Practicing Safer Anesthesia

    Views: 21,039 - Comments: 11

    As technicians, some of us practice anesthesia as the core part of our job; for some of us it is just a small part of the many things we do. No matter how often we monitor anesthetized patients we should always strive to do the be...

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