Implications of anaesthesia in the paediatric patient

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Category: Nurses Club
Published on: 19.10.2021

Presenter:

Denise Prisk DipAVN (Surgical), VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), LTCL, LCGI, RVN

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About The Webinar

Anaesthesia of the paediatric patient presents many challenges for several reasons, including their small body size and the significant physiological and anatomical differences. We must be aware of these differences and take them into account when planning and carrying out anaesthesia in young patients.

Paediatric patients are particularly prone to several states, such as hypothermia and hypoglycaemia, and it is of paramount importance that measures are taken to prevent these from occurring. Knowledge of the action that should be taken if they do occur is necessary, as changes can take place quickly and a rapid deterioration may occur.

Metabolism is altered in young animals, and this is significant when considering which drugs to administer. Whilst this is the decision of the veterinary surgeon, it is important that the nurse understands why some drugs are chosen and others are avoided.

With good knowledge and preparation, paediatric patients can be rewarding to nurse during the perianaesthetic period.

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