april, 2021

19apr9:00 pm10:00 pmPotatoes, Corn and Jelly: A Contemporary Conversation on the Utility of Colloid Fluids in PracticeVECCS x VIN Webinar

Event Details

By: Lisa Smart BVSc (Hons) DACVECC PhD

Course Description:
Synthetic colloid fluids, including hydroxyethyl starch and gelatine, have been used for fluid resuscitation since the 1950s. They gained in popularity over time due to their lasting intravascular persistence. However, this popularity took a sharp nosedive in the last 10 years due to several landmark studies published in human medicine. Two of the major complications identified include exacerbation of acute kidney injury and adverse effects on coagulation. Since that time, there have been many studies published in veterinary medicine attempting to characterise these adverse effects and establish clinical relevance. This talk will review the current research on synthetic colloid use in dogs and cats, critically evaluating the level of evidence available, and provide pragmatic clinical guidelines for use of these fluids.

Course Objectives:

  1. Briefly review the theoretical benefits and adverse effects of the most commonly used synthetic colloid fluids
  2. Review the current clinical research on the utility and adverse effects of synthetic colloids
  3. Provide clinical scenarios in which synthetic colloids may be considered, with review of real case examples
  4. Review recommended monitoring tools during use of these fluids


Speaker Info:
Dr. Smart completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland in 2003, followed by a rotating internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists and Pet Emergency Room. She then completed a residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at University of California, Davis, and became ACVECC board-certified in 2009. She recently completed a PhD in Emergency Medicine at the University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. She has been residing as a senior lecturer at Murdoch University for the past 11 years. Her position includes clinical service, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, residency supervision and research (both basic science and clinical). She has been conducting research on the adverse effects of colloid fluids for the past 15 years. Other research interests include adverse effects of resuscitation fluid therapy, coagulation, inflammation and, more broadly, clinical trial research in small animal emergency and critical care medicine.


(Monday) 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST

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