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    Wrapping Sterile Packs

    Views: 19,453 - Comments: 15

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

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    Implementing Triage

    Views: 18,421 - 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: 3,747 - Comments: 2

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

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    Zinc Toxicity

    Views: 8,528 - 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: 3,621 - 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

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    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: 50,716 - Comments: 22

    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: 8,218 - 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: 11,535 - Comments: 15

    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: 18,526 - 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: 8,090 - Comments: 14

    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: 20,463 - 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: 14,756 - 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: 12,311 - 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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    Wound Infusion Catheter

    Views: 10,138 - 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: 11,367 - 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: 25,967 - 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: 9,713 - Comments: 7

    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: 14,830 - Comments: 5

    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: 17,715 - 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: 12,344 - 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: 6,193 - 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: 12,997 - Comments: 9

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

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    Thoracic Radiographs

    Views: 15,486 - Comments: 5

    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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    Organophosphate Toxicity

    Views: 10,878 - 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: 6,349 - 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: 11,726 - Comments: 5

    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: 23,454 - 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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    IV Catheter Placement

    Views: 34,884 - Comments: 28

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through how to place a cephalic intravenous catheter in a dog.

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    Worms Gone Wild

    Views: 8,765 - Comments: 2

    A 7 ½ year old neutered male pit bull terrier was examined by his regular veterinarian for a 5 day history of a “swollen” abdomen. The abdominal distention had progressed during this time and was accompanied by a poor appetite of...

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    Blood Glucose via Ear Stick

    Views: 9,589 - Comments: 9

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, reviews blood glucose sampling using the ear stick method. This is beneficial for glucose curves in the hospital and for teaching owners to monitor their pet’s glucose levels at home.

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    Respiratory Arrest

    Views: 6,585 - Comments: 3

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses an interesting case from the DoveLewis ICU. This dog suffered respiratory arrest shortly after presentation and was placed on short-term mechanical ventilation. Basic considerations fo...

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    Creating a Training Program

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), and Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discuss the importance of creating a training program for your veterinary staff and give some tips to get started on this monumental and occasionally ove...

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    Anesthesia Leak Test

    Views: 22,419 - Comments: 7

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), Demonstrates leak testing your anesthesia machine, which only takes a minute, and can save you valuable time during an anesthetic procedure. This should be performed before every anesthetic procedure...

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    Female Urinary Catheter: Canine

    Views: 17,836 - Comments: 9

    Mitchell Fults, DVM, a critical care resident, places a Foley urinary catheter in a female dog under the guidance of Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC.

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    Cystocentesis: Feline

    Views: 17,058 - Comments: 17

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to obtain a sterile urine sample from a cat via manual cystocentesis.

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    Laryngeal Paralysis

    Views: 8,170 - Comments: 3

    Laryngeal paralysis can quickly develop into an emergency. In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows the classic signs of laryngeal paralysis to help all staff members to recognize it and educate clients about it.

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    PCV/TS Reading

    Views: 16,511 - Comments: 15

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses measuring a packed cell volume and total solids is fast, inexpensive, and provides a great deal of information. Every staff member should be comfortable performing this, and this video wal...

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    Medical Math - Urine Output

    Views: 11,132 - Comments: 4

    Calculating urine output in hospitalized patients is an important tool in guiding fluid therapy. In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to calculate urine output ml/kg/hr in ml/kg/hr.

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    ECG Interpretation

    Views: 22,049 - Comments: 18

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), gives you the basic skills to begin interpreting dysrhythmias. Cardiac drug classes are discussed as well as when to give which drug for which dysrhythmia. Video from DoveLewis patients on ECG monito...

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    Emergency Triage

    Views: 26,237 - Comments: 13

    Emergencies are stressful enough without having to wonder when to do what. In this hour Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), will guide you through how to recognize and organize emergency cases, getting started with treatment and walks...

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    Lateral Saphenous Injection: Canine

    Views: 10,002 - Comments: 2

    In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to utilize the lateral saphenous vein in a dog to give an injection, in order to preserve cephalic veins for IV catheters.

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    IM Injection: Canine

    Views: 29,232 - Comments: 9

    In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to properly give an intramuscular injection in the epaxial muscles along the lumbar spine.

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    Foot Bandage on a Dog

    Views: 11,486 - Comments: 6

    From broken toenails to large lacerations, dog feet see a lot of action. In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through how to apply a basic foot bandage on a dog.

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    Corneal Foreign Body Removal

    Views: 4,831 - Comments: 4

    Under the advisement of a veterinary ophthalmologist, Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, takes a scalpel blade to an eyeball! A fluorescein stain follows the foreign body removal.

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    Dog Eats Horse - An Unusual Cause of Intestinal Perforations

    Views: 10,032 - Comments: 3

    An eight-month-old, intact male Rottweiler presented to DoveLewis for weakness and vomiting of an uncertain length of time. The owners had been out of town for four days and the pet sitters did not notice signs of illness. He had...

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    Ear Bandage Placement: Canine

    Views: 8,859 - Comments: 7

    We all know that ear wounds bleed a lot, and bleed often. To keep your hospital (and the client's home) from looking like a crime scene, an ear bandage is a must. Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through placing an ear ba...

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    Every Technician a Teacher

    Views: 5,051 - Comments: 6

    As I reflect on my favorite parts of my job the aspect of teaching and training rises to the top. As technicians, we have opportunities to teach every day and those opportunities can lead to the greatest rewards. Taking the knowle...

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    Communication Breakdown

    Views: 10,792 - Comments: 6

    Client communication is one of the most important skills for the veterinary team. Even during emergency situations time must be taken to communicate well. This article from a seasoned ER DVM gives you tips of the trade to keep you...

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    Xylitol Update

    Views: 22,612 - Comments: 1

    Xylitol is a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in many gums, candies, and baked goods. It is also appearing in some brands of toothpaste. Xylitol is a common sugar substitute providing sweetness without calories and it also has so...

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