A Research Study On Elf's Physical Examination And The Clinic For An Acute Onset Of Vomiting

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Elf is a one year old spayed female Beagle cross presented to the clinic for an acute onset of vomiting. Elf’s owner, Ms. Nyblade reported that Elf had been vomiting less than 24 hours. The owner was concerned with the onset of vomiting after the patient had torn up a pillow two days ago. When the owner cleaned up the torn up pillow, she noticed most of the pillow stuffing was missing. The owner then stated the vomiting started 24 hours later (Rockett & Christensen, 2010). Elf’s physical exam findings: General appearance: Quiet, Alert and Responsive. Weight/BCS: 44lbs [20kg], BCS: 3/5 Temperature: 102.1F -Rectal Skin/coat: Slight skin tint. Eyes/fundic exam: Normal Ears/otoscopic exam: Normal Oral cavity: MM-Pale pink and dry, CRT ~2…show more content…
As the technician is setting up the surgery suite they notice another technician obtaining the ECG incorrectly. The technician has the patient in left lateral recumbency with the extremities stretched out. The technician obtaining the ECG was educated on proper ECG positioning. The patient needs to be in right lateral recumbency with extremities perpendicular to body and parallel to one another (Olson, 2014). (Rockett & Christensen, 2010) As the technician is gathering monitoring equipment for the surgery, an esophageal stethoscope is obtained. By using this monitoring equipment assessing the heart rate, rhythm and character of the heart sounds is beneficial in detecting any cardiac problems that may complicate the surgery (Dodam, 2014). The veterinarian has requested the technician to monitor the patient’s oxygen saturation during surgery. In the surgery suite the technician verifies that a pulse oximeter is present and ready for use (Dyer-Corso, 2004). The veterinary assistant is setting up the anesthetic machine for the patient. The technician notices the assistant has set up a non-rebreathing system for the patient. You inform the assistant that this set up for the patient is incorrect. A non-rebreathing system is for patients weighting less than 10lbs [7kg]. A rebreathing system would be more appropriate for the patient as she is 44lbs [20kg] (Rebreathing vs. Non-Rebreathing, 2013). As the
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