Can’t touch this - sedation strategies for fractious and aggressive patients
Fractious and aggressive patients can be very difficult and dangerous to anesthetize. Not only do they present a danger to the veterinarians and staff, but they also generally require a much larger dose of sedative/anesthetic drugs than calmer patients require. Since the adverse effects of sedative/anesthetic drugs are primarily dose-dependent, this puts these patients at a higher risk for anesthesia-related adverse events. Administration of drugs at the patient's home prior to the veterinary visit, supportive handling of the patient once it arrives at the clinic and the use of appropriate sedative/analgesic/anesthetic drugs and dosages will be discussed.
- At the end of this lecture the delegate will be able to:
- •Understand the role that pain can play in fractious/aggressive behavior.
- •Develop protocols for fractious/aggressive patients that include pre-visit drugs along with in-hospital sedation and analgesia.
- •Develop anesthetic/recovery protocols for fractious/aggressive patients based on patient characteristics and medical needs.