By Elizabeth Welsh (ed.)
Sedation and anaesthesia are an important a part of veterinary perform. The protocols and techniques concerned are usually complicated and range significantly from animal to animal. The veterinary nurse has a pivotal position in anaesthesia, being at once concerned ahead of, in the course of and after the anaesthetic interval.
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Other molecules cross into the brain more slowly. The rate is dependent on molecular size and lipid solubility; smaller molecules and those with high lipid solubility cross the barrier most rapidly. Anaesthetic agents must cross the barrier in order to exert their effect on the brain. Most of the inhalational anaesthetic agents used in veterinary practice are lipophilic. The more easily they can enter the brain the more potent they are; for example, methoxyﬂurane is the most lipophilic inhalational agent and is also the most potent.
Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York and Comstock, London. R. (1993) Respiration in birds. J. O. Reece). Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York and Comstock, London. Ganong, W. F. (1989) Cardiovascular regulatory mechanisms. In: Review of Medical Physiology 14th edition. Prentice Hall, USA. Anaesthesia for Veterinary Nurses Edited by Elizabeth Welsh Copyright © 2003 Blackwell Science Ltd 3 Preoperative Assessment and Preparation of the Patient Joan Duncan The perfect anaesthetic drug would induce reversible unconsciousness, analgesia and muscle relaxation without depression of the heart and lungs.
Case number, in addition to general information such as species. (2) Conﬁ rm age of patient. Both very young and geriatric (≥ 75–80% of life span) patients are more susceptible to the effects of anaesthetics. (3) Breed: Many owners of purebred animals are concerned about breed sensitivities to selected anaesthetic drugs. Currently, there is little scientiﬁc information to support these fears although many breed websites perpetuate the concerns. However, it is important to consider disease susceptibility in speciﬁc breeds, for example, von Willebrand’s disease in the Dobermann pinscher.