Veterinary Patient Monitoring

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The safety of the patient is dependent on the awareness and response to potential problems. In the first and last five minutes of surgical procedure many complications can arise as a result of the either the pre anesthetic medication or induction anesthetic agent. Vital signs such as Respiratory rate, depth and character, heart and rhythm and other monitoring parameters are recorded to the surgery record but patient monitoring should be continuous by one or more of the veterinary staff. Veterinary medicine has piggybacked on human anesthesiology, and anesthesia for humans and animals no longer carries significant risk for the overwhelming majority of patients. Uncommon reactions can cause sudden cardiopulmonary arrest. Sick and elderly animal
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