Veterinary Nursing News

Veterinary Nursing News

    A hardy way to keep that bandage dry...

    Instead of using gloves to keep foot bandages dry try using an old drip bag. Cut the bottom of the drip bag off and cut a few slits around the top of the bag to thread a bit of bandage through and tie it around the animal's leg.
  • Emergency fluid therapy for birds of prey

    Ever had a sparrow hawk in desperate need of some warm fluids but it's stressed out and moving, and restaining would cause more harm to inject SC? In practice we have found that placing a mug of boiling water (obviously not so close the bird could...
  • Tail amputations

    To stop patients damaging their tails after an op/amputation, save a few vetwrap cardboard rolls or syringes for smaller patients to put over the end so it can protect the area and still allow it to breathe. Heals much quicker and you don't get the...
  • Protecting a bandage from recovery soiling!

    When patients are recovering from a GA with a RJ dressing/splint on which you have taken special care to apply under the GA, to prevent the dressing from becoming soiled from urine/diarrhoea, then lightly tape a buster op cover around the dressing, they...
  • Preventing post op hypothermia

    At our practice, to stop patients from developing mid/post op hypothermia, in addition to covering the patient in a blanket (apart from where the VS wants to operate on), we put baby socks onto their paws to help keep them warm. The socks are just...

    Resuscitating neonates

    When resuscitating neonates that are slow to breath, try blowing gently in the direction of their nose & mouth once you have cleared their nasal & oral passages. Carbon dioxide as we all know is a great respiratory stimulant! Tiny puppies or kittens...

    Warming Intravenous fluids

    If you are nursing hypothermic patients & need to keep intravenous fluids warm, use a piece of tape to tape the giving set to a snugglesafe or electric heatpad - ideally this needs to be as near the patient as possible as any space between the taped...
  • Mask Anaesthetics - prevent leakage

    When animals are breathing in GA gasses via a face mask, gasses may leak out and cause harm to the staff. Place the mask on the animals face + attach it to the circuit. Tie some WOW bandage around the base of the mask, push the knot around so that it...
  • Rabbit GA's - Persistant Pedal Reflex

    Rabbit anaesthetics! Although the pedal reflex always disappears in animals under anaesthetic, this stays in the rabbit! This is a very affective way of monitoring the depth of a rabbit's anaesthetic. When a rabbit is in a medium plane of anaesthesia...
  • ET tube measurement

    I was told this tip by a South African Vet.. Not sure if it has been scientifically researched, but seems to work! When judging what size of E.T tube to select for a canine patient, take the tube and measure it's width against the gap between the...
  • Rabbit GA's

    We don't do alot of bunny anaesthetics in our practice (as mainly referral), so many of you might already do this... but for people who don't... Instead of trying to dive under drapes during a spay/castrate and/or your pulse ox is not working...
  • Safely opening glass vials

    Especially the vetergesic ones, as I have known vets and nurses to open them with their bare hands (ouch!) and the vial shatters in their hand If you dont have one of those special vial openers, ALWAYS used a piece of tissue, or similar to protect...
  • Create vacuum when attaching drip bags to urinary catheters

    Hi someone sent an earlier mail regarding attaching old used drip bags with new giving sets to urinary catheters - not a well known fact but make sure each drip bag has had suction applied with extracting at least 40mls (may need more in Dgs) of air ...
  • Stopping cats from purring (whilst using stethoscope)

    Whilst trying to get a HR from your feline patients, it can be quite difficult to hear when they are purring away! A good tip I got from a vet student was to put a small amount of surgical spirit on a swab and rub it on there nose, works wonders and doesn't...
  • Dry Doggie Dentals

    We all know the state Dogs' head, neck and ears get into during dental work esp with paste, blood and water. A cheap way to keep clean is to use the arm cut off a water proof jacket. Poke the dogs muzzle through the elasticated cuff and pull the rest...
  • Blocked oesophagostomy tube

    If you cannot unblock the O tube with cola or gentle force use a wire guide used for indwelling foley catheters.
  • Multiple medications

    If you need to administer many tablets or capsules at the same time in your hospital, empty them into a gelatine capsule. They can be bought from veterinary suppliers in many different sizes. Less stress for the patient and nurse.
  • A way to keep the wow bandage clean during dentals

    During a dental on a cat or dog the wow bandage tied to the et tube gets all minging, Why dont you try a used drip line to tie in the et tube. It's easily washed down during the dental, it does not catch.
  • Alternative to 'hot hands'

    This idea is something another nurse has posted on a thread a few months ago, can't remember who it was. I tried it the other day and everyone was impressed, so thought i'd put it here for anyone who hasn't seen it before! Get an open drip...
  • Foot Surgery

    So you're preparing a patient for foot surgery. Remove the hair from the foot either using standard clippers or those mini ones you get in the barbers. Now grab a large latex glove, fill it with the scrub solution, place over the foot. Now...
  • Indwelling Urinary Catheter

    Attach a giving set (which is attached to an empty drip bag) to the end of the catheter and ensure the giving set is 'open'. This will ensure the patient stays clean and dry from urine as all bladder contents will go into the drip bag.
  • Don't lose your fingernails...

    I stole this from the VetSurgeon site, cos i thought it was useful to know, apologise to the person i stole it from You know those small metal circles at the centre of the tops of bottles of injectables? Those ones that are attached by just two connections...
  • Well being and healing time

    It is well known in human medicine that rest promotes healing and well being. If possible once your morning rounds are finished on the ward, and all pets have been medicated, fed and toileted, switch off the lights and make it a quiet place, even for...
  • Incontinence Pads

    When you are on nights on your own and have a urinary incontinent patient who is difficult to move, layer the pads one on top of another as many as you think necessary, and when one is wet, you can easily roll it and slide it out from under the patient...
  • Heat pads on the cheap!

    No it's not hot hands and it is Bouncyfi idea, but I am putting it up as it is a brilliant idea. any fluids that have been used for flush , instead of binning them, inject food dye into them and use them as heat pads for your patients.