High Quality Anesthetic Practices
At East Asheville Family Vet, we strive to make anesthesia as safe as possible for pets by following the guidelines outlined by the American Animal Hospital Association. We wanted to share some information with you today regarding high-quality anesthetic practices.
What does high-quality anesthesia look like?
Preanesthetic bloodwork is run on every patient prior to performing anesthesia. We want to identify illnesses or organ dysfunction prior to anesthesia so that we can treat any underlying conditions that may make anesthesia unsafe.
Every patient is intubated for anesthesia with a new endotracheal tube. This ensures we can give breaths to the patient to deliver adequate oxygen throughout the procedure.
Every patient has a dedicated technician to monitor them during anesthesia. Our monitoring equipment is state-of-the-art and includes a continuous electrocardiogram, pulse oximeter, electronic respiratory monitor, blood pressure monitor, capnograph, and thermometer to monitor the temperature. This allows us to follow trends and catch changes in the patient’s status throughout the anesthetic procedure to prevent any unsafe conditions from developing.
Every patient has a personalized anesthetic plan, including appropriate pain medications, that are tailored to the patient’s life stage, chronic disease processes, organ function, and the procedure being performed. We also ensure every patient goes home with pain medications and anti-inflammatories as needed after their procedure so that their recovery is as smooth and pain-free as possible.