Monitoring and Intervention for the Critically Ill Small Animal: The Rule of 20

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Rebecca Kirby, Andrew Linklater
John Wiley & Sons, Dec 19, 2016 - Medical - 424 pages

Monitoring and Intervention for the Critically Ill Small Animal: The Rule of 20 offers guidance for assessing the patient, interpreting diagnostic test results, and selecting appropriate monitoring procedures.

  • Based on Rebecca Kirby’s time-tested Rule of 20, with a chapter devoted to each item on the checklist
  • Provides comprehensive guidance for monitoring a critically ill small animal patient
  • Emphasizes the interplay of each parameter with one another
  • Designed for fast access on the clinic floor, with potentially life-saving ideas, tips, lists and procedures
  • Presents tables, schematics, algorithms, and drawings for quick reference


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12 Neurological status
and antimicrobial stewardship
Fluid balance 9 Carol E Haak
Blood pressure 29 Lauren Sullivan Jennifer Klaus
Glucose 55 17 Temperature
Natara Loose 18 Drug selection and dosing regimens
Acidbase status 95 Armi Pigott
Oxygenation and ventilation 109 Christin Reminga and Lesley G King 9 Coagulation 137 Heather Darbo and Cheryl Page
Andrew Linklater 22 Anesthesia of the critical patient

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About the author (2016)

Rebecca Kirby, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, was formerly an Associate Professor and Director of Emergency Services at the University of Pennsylvania, and served as owner of the Animal Emergency Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA for 21 years.

Andrew Linklater, DVM, DACVECC, was trained at the Animal Emergency Center and is currently a Clinical Instructor at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

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