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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Fluid balance 9 Carol E Haak
Blood pressure 29 Jennifer Klaus
Albumin and colloid osmotic pressure 43 Caroline Tonozzi
Linda Barton and Rebecca Kirby 19 Pain management
Acidbase status 95 Armi Pigott
Oxygenation and ventilation 109 Heather Darbo and Cheryl Page
Coagulation 137 Jennifer J Devey Andrew Linklater and Rebecca Kirby
Red blood cells and hemoglobin 157 Susan E Leonard

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Rebecca Kirby, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, was formerly an Associate Professor and Director of Emergency Services at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the 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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