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UCD Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

Medical Nursing, Inpatient Care & Hospital Management (Small Animal)

Medical Nursing, Inpatient Care and Hospital Management (Small Animal)

Total Number of Lectures/Practicals

2005/2006 = 11 hours 41 hours

Yr 1, Blocks 1 & 2 Yr 2, Blocks 1 & 2

Students should review Module 3 for anatomy and physiology of all structures.

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Details of topics which are covered in lectures and practical classes or revised by students

Level of knowledge required

Year taught

Notes

5.1

Inpatient care

Treatment of hospitalised medical patients, including critical care patients

Introduction to clinical exam

basic fluid therapy. Assessment of hydration status from

and

laboratory

findings.

Rate

of

infusion

i.e.

fluid

history, therapy

calculations. Routes of monitoring fluid therapy

fluid e.g.

administration,

placement

urine output,

CVP etc.

of an iv cannula and Psychological needs,

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This is taught in more detail elsewhere (5.45- 5.49)

monitoring, patient observations, SOAP, TPR, administration of medicines, pain assessment, care basic kennel and cattery accommodation.

Temperature of recumbent

conversions, patients and

    • 5.2

      Inpatient

    • 5.3

      care

Practical class: Treatment of hospitalised medical patients, including critical care patients

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Introduction to basic equipment to include:

fluid

therapy

and

assessment

of

hydration

status.

IV

Crystalloids and colloids, fluid administration sets including

standard, blood and paediatric/burette, Shown videos of cannula placement in vein in a horse.

extension sets, fluid pump, cannulae etc. the cephalic vein in a dog and the jugular

5.4

Inpatient care

Techniques for patient comfort, including physiotherapy Exercise as a form of physical therapy. Physical and mental support. Care of

Good

1

Urinary catheters are taught in 5.6 .

recumbent patients. physiotherapy. Use of

Advantages of physiotherapy.

Contraindication of

therapeutic exercise.

Use of heat, cold and massage.

Appetite stimulation. Prevention and scalding. Environmental enrichment.

management of decubital ulcers and Nail trimming. Anal sac evacuation.

urine

5.4

Inpatient care

Alternative therapies for patient comfort Basic principles of homeopathy and acupuncture.

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