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Blood Transfusion Calculations: A Quick Refresher for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on May 28, 2021 at 7:57 AM

When you envision giving a blood transfusion, you might imagine a scenario where you’re immediately leaping into action during a high-pressure situation. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth! Even after you have performed your crossmatches to confirm compatibility, you will still need to sit down at your desk and spend a few minutes on math. 

Let’s look at these calculations through the lens of a case study.

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Topics: Math Questions, Medical Math

Setting up an MLK Constant Rate Infusion: A Case Study for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on May 21, 2021 at 3:28 AM

It’s a relatively quiet night on your first shift as an emergency veterinarian. You’re seeing the normal rotation of skin, ears, and diarrhea cases, with just a few hospitalized patients to monitor through the night. One of those patients is Rex, a 20 kg MN mixed breed dog who presented to the day shift after being hit by a car.

The daytime veterinarian determined that Rex was in pretty good shape, overall, except for a tibial fracture, which she stabilized with a Robert-Jones bandage until a surgeon can repair the fracture (which will likely happen in one to two days). She started Rex on some pain medication, but mentioned that he may need a change in his pain management protocol as his sedation wears off. 

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Topics: Math Questions, morphine-lidocaine-ketamine, MLK, constant rate infusion, Medical Math, CRI

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