CRIs must be labelled with the drug name, the drug dose per millilitre, the time and date the CRI was mixed, and the initials of the person who created the CRI. The fluid bag must be labelled as well as noting the dose and calculation in the medical record (Figure 3). It is vital that CRIs are calculated correctly, as incorrect doses administered over multiple hours can be detrimental and even deadly to patients. A form can be created with the dose and calculations for nurses and veterinarians to check off and double check each other. Nurses also need to understand how to calculate how much of a drug the patient will receive if the fluid rate changes. Once a CRI is utilized, the fluid rate should be checked at least every 4 hours and matched to the medical record ordered dose.
CRIs provide benefits to both veterinary patients and the staff charged with monitoring those patients. With the skills necessary to calculate and monitor various CRIs, nurses can advocate for better patient care and provide more specific therapies for critical disease.
The VTNE will have several questions for which you will need to perform calculations. We will be having several blog posts on how to do different types of calculations. It is good review for in-clinic use as well as studying for the VTNE. Here is a quick review of how to calculate a dose of injectable medication. We want you to know how to calculate pet drug dosage.
This sentence still holds today. We know that every substance, especially drugs, may be toxic if given in an inappropriate dose. An example of a well known but potentially toxic substance is Tylenol (paracetamol). This is why we should perform our dosage calculations carefully and accurately. This is especially critical when administering drugs to children, as a slight mistake in the dose may cause a significant change in the effect of its action. The usage of a pediatric dose calculator seems to be a responsible choice that reduces the risk of a mistake!
Contemporary scientists are also looking at the issue of drug dosage. There are plenty of ongoing clinical trials in which different doses of the drugs are being compared. Moreover, there are more and more scientific data suggesting that individually performed dosage calculations (not only in pediatric patients) improve patient survival when compared with a standard treatment of fixed doses.
Medical dosage calculations that consider a patient's weight are very common in obese patients and on pediatric wards. It's easy to imagine that the weight of the body of an adolescent may be 40 times larger than that of a newborn baby, so we hope you can see the need to dose drugs accurately.
Patient assessment and formulation of a fluid plan is a vital component of patient care in a veterinary practice, and veterinary technicians and nurses play a significant role in both. Lets get into it.
Veterinary technicians and nurses have a significant role in patient assessment and formulation of a fluid plan as it is a vital component of patient care in a veterinary practice. The knowledge of assessment parameters, types of fluids and administration strategies are key concepts in functioning effectively as a part of the team. 59ce067264