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19 Cards in this Set

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Definition of asepsis
Absence of living pathogenic microbes
Definition of aseptic technique
Body of practices designed to maintain an area & objects as free from all microorganisms as possible.
Definition of sterilization
Use of a process to rid an object of all living microbes
Definition of cold sterilization
Immersing objects in bactericidal chemical solutions
Definition of elective
Procedures done by choice; not immediately required to alleviate disease or injury -but may prevent further problems.
Definition of non-elective
Procedures done to alleviate signs of disease or injury
What does the vet tech do when admitting, examing & preping the patient for surgery.
Confirm vx status, fasting, genitals, fleas; complete physical; notify vet of any problems; allow urination or express bladder if appropriate.
What do you need to check to get ready for anesthesia?
Check out gas chamber system; draw up preanes, induction & other drugs; get monitors ready; set up fluids, prepare catheter.
What do you do to get the surgery room ready?
Check table, lighting; get water blankets, towels, ties, thoracic positioner, surgical packs, any other equipment, scrub brush, gown pack, gloves for surgeon; scrub & rinse.
How do you clip for surgery?
Use #40 clipper blade, 15cm on all sides of proposed incision; avoid lacerations & clipper burn; vacuum loose hair from patient-avoid suction injury.
What do you do after you clip the animal?
Move the patient to surgery suite; tie patient into position; connect fluids & set rate of flow.
What do you use to scrub the incision for surgery?
Povidone-iodine or chlohexidine.
How do you scrub/rinse the incision site?
Remove any adherent dirt, debris or waxy material; use cotton/gauze so fingers don't touch; scrub & rinse alternately at least 3 times; start at insicion site & continue outwardly in enlarging circle/oval until edge of hair is reached.
What do you need to make sure not to do when scrubbing the incision site?
Never return the sponge to central area after touching periphery.
What's the last part of scrubbing?
Apply a leave-on spray antiseptic.
What can you use to rinse the incision site?
70% alcohol, dilute chlohexidine, sterile water or saline.
What do you do for the animal post-operatively?
Clean up site; clean, inspect & repack instruments; move pt to recovery area; monitor pt during recovery; nursing care.
What nursing care do you provide for the patient post-operatively?
Bandaging, medication, keep pt warm & clean, give fluids, watch positioning - turn pt if necessary; physical therapy if necessary.
What do you do when discharging a patient?
Make sure pt is clean, have meds ready, give client oral & written instructions, arrange for follow-up visits.