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Let's Talk Shock

07 Oct 2021
Nursing and Veterinary Technicians Theater
Emergency and Critical Care

Available for RACE approved CE credit if watched from 11:30AM – 12:20PM  PST on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

This lecture will review the definition of shock, different types of shock (hypovolemic, distributive, cardiogenic) and the pathophysiology.

Discuss the phases of shock (compensatory, early decompensatory, late decompensatory), including the pathophysiology of each phase and the clinical signs associated with each phase.

Review the six perfusion parameters (mentation, heart rate, pulse quality, mucous membrane color, capillary refill time, and extremity temperature) and how they can give insight during your initial patient assessment about what type and phase of shock the patient is in at the time of presentation.

Briefly review what lactate is and how it’s a biomarker that has been associated with shock.

Discuss the different treatment for each type of shock (i.e. how hypovolemic/distributive shock treatment differs from cardiogenic shock treatment).

Lastly, review the important role veterinary nurses play in the nursing care of a shock patient, including treatment/stabilization and monitoring.

Courtney Waxman, Veterinary Nursing Development Manager - Veterinary Emergency Group

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