12 Mar 2020

Fluid Therapy in the Perioperative Period. Nutrition in Critical Care & Analgesia and Pain Assessment



Day 1 - Fluid Therapy in the Perioperative Period. Nutrition in Critical Care

Fluid therapy is often seen as complicated by both nurses and vets. This module aims to demystify the subject and explain the reasons why every nurse should understand the basics of fluid balance, fluid therapy and fluid administration.

How to calculate fluid requirements, rates of administration and monitoring techniques will be covered. Nutritional support for the anaesthetised patient will also be included.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Know about the types and uses of different fluids, including colloids, HBOCS
  • Be able to devise a fluid therapy plan and monitor patients
  • Understand the principles of transfusion medicine
  • The importance of nutrition in the critical patient

Day 2 - Analgesia and Pain Assessment

This course will cover the pathophysiology of pain and how to recognise and assess pain in the different species.

The different types of drugs available for analgesia will be reviewed for short, medium and long term use. The concept of pre-emptive analgesia will be covered along with multi-modal analgesia.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Have an overview of the pathophysiology of pain
  • Recognise pain in different species
  • Have an understanding of pain scoring
  • Understand the many analgesia options, including opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, local anaesthesia and other agents (e.g. ketamine) and alpha 2 agonists
  • Local blocks and epidurals
  • Know how to use constant rate infusions
  • Consider long term pain management and chronic pain
  • Be aware of adjuncts to pain control, new and novel drugs

Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.