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Canine and Feline CPR for Veterinary Staff

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Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), presents the DoveLewis yearly canine/feline CPR staff training, starting with updated information from the RECOVER initiative and then practicing CPR with various staff members.The most important aspect of any veterinary emergency is being prepared.

This talk is specifically RACE-approved for one Technician CE credit.

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Sarah Crisp's picture

Hey Sarah, unfortunately RACE standards don't allow us to reveal the quiz answers, so we can't show a full question-by-question review with the results.

Did you have questions about any answers in particular? We can get Megan to elaborate on any of the topics you might have more questions about!

Claire Hudson's picture

Thank you for the presentation.
We will be watching this as a team at our meeting and then practicing CPCR with stuffed animals

Laura Ganzel Ulrich's picture

Great video! I plan to use this at our practice for annual CPCR review with all staff members including your practice CPCR in groups. Thank you!

Dianna Pepper's picture

Great video- only suggestion is to clarify breathing every 10 seconds or every 6 seconds. Seems like you went back and forth between the two a few times.

Nicole  Ferris's picture

Would really like clarification if it is 10 breaths/min (which would be breath every 6 sec) or if it is a breath every 10 seconds seconds Thanks

Megan Brashear's picture

Nicole and Dianna, I am so sorry to be confusing - the respiratory rate during CPR is 10 breaths/min. 10 breaths, one every 6 seconds.

Olga Doudkina's picture

Wonderful video Megan, thank you!
Could you, please, explain why we shouldn't breath more often than 10 BPM? I understand that one reason would be that we need to get enough CO2 build up to get the brain to send a signal to breath on their own. But there is also another reason, which has to do with internal pressure in the chest, I never could understand that one. Even though one of my Doctors explained this to me, I didn't quite get it, and I can't find the answer anywhere in literature. And now I an embarrassed to ask again :). Perhaps, there is a link that you could recommend?
You are a great instructor, by the way.

Megan Brashear's picture

Olga, that's a great question! The respiratory RATE itself is 10/min to provide the best balance between C02 and 02. The tidal volume affects the pressure within the chest. Since you cannot measure tidal volume on an ambu bag or reservoir bag, we look to have an inspiratory time of 1 second so as not to overinflate the lungs and increase intrathoracic pressure because that will decrease cardiac output. The thoracic cavity is a closed space, with the heart and lungs and great vessels all occupying a limited space. If you push too much air and super-inflate the lungs, there is less space for the heart to expand while filling, and more pressure on the vessels carrying blood back to the heart, possibly restricting that flow. The result is decreased cardiac output, not ideal in CPR or any situation! This becomes important when using mechanical ventilation, to be aware of tidal volume and and watch the pressure manometer. If you are having difficulty keeping the blood pressure normal check that you are not inappropriately ventilating. I hope that helps! You can go to and read the entire RECOVER paper if you are interested in more about the research (for free!)

Amy Swane's picture

This was great!
Only thing is it would be great to see the answers for the quiz so we know for the future.

Alicia  Williams's picture

Great lecture. Are you able to share the video of the SV when a P is being euthanized on the table? It is such a great example of PEA and the importance of using and understanding your capnograph!

Stacy Tanner's picture

Thank you for this terrific video. I am a resent tech graduate and brand new RVT. I watched this video awhile back because I wanted to be more comfortable with the process of CPR at my new job in a Small Animal ICU. I have seen a code ran before and even been the one pulling up drugs but never done chest compressions or given breaths. I'm currently working night shift in our ICU and tonight the knowledge I learned from your video came in very handy. I was scared that when the time came for me to step up I would freeze and forget my training. I can say I rocked it tonight. A dog collapsed right in front of me and the new intern (her first ER shift ever) and I jumped into action. I assessed the situation decided he was in cardiac arrest and started chest compressions and instructed the students to tube him. My coworkers showed up fast and together we worked as a team trading compressions and working the code. I kept thinking what I learned in this video and took the appropriate action. I wish I could say this story had the happiest ending but sadly it didn't. We did bring him back for a time but he coded again and we were never able to bring him back the second time. I can't thank you enough for this information. It really helped me feel confident in what I was doing.

Megan Brashear's picture

Stacy, you're story just made my entire WEEK! That is reason we started this website and continue to work hard to make new videos because confidence translates to great critical thinking and decision making skills. I am SO HAPPY to help! Congratulations on a job well done. I'm sorry you were ultimately unable to save the patient, but it wasn't for lack of knowledge or trying.

Jody Kincaid's picture

Great Video. I hope to be able to put the knowledge into practice.

Cristina Duran's picture

Great video and slideshow! I'm a Hospital Manager in a small animal practice in South Florida. I would love to be able to present that slideshow to my team at our next meeting. Would you be willing to share it?
Thank you!

Beth Ann Fretz's picture

Hi Cristina,
So glad to hear that you enjoyed this lecture! Unfortunately, we are not able to share the slides from this video. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Marcy Ward's picture

This is a great video and I would like to use it for our annual CPR training of our team. I see it was created back in 2011... do you believe it is still relevant or is there another video that has been released since?
Thanks so much!

Jessica Waters-Miller's picture

Hi Marcy,

Glad to hear it will help with your CPR training! We use the same RECOVER recommendations when we do CPR training or when we go to other clinics for CPR training. To answer your question this is still relevant, though I know the RECOVER guidelines are set to be reviewed/updated sometime this year.
If you are interested in finding out more about RECOVER check out the recover initiative website or this other video by Dr. Mohammad-Zadeh I will reiterate that CAB is recommended over ABC now. (meaning compressions first, Air way and breathing second.)
Hope that helps!