february, 2021

22feb8:00 pm9:00 pmWhat is the evidence?VECCS x VIN Webinar

Event Details

By: Merilee Costello, DVM, DACVECC

Trusting the Pulse Oximeter
Course Description:
This talk will review the basics of how the pulse oximeter works as well as the inherent challenges we have in using this technology in our patients. The situations in which you can trust the number you get as well as all the situations in which the data you obtain should be questioned. It will also cover numerous studies in human and veterinary medicine that highlight these challenges in our critically ill (and small, furry) patients.

Giving Famotidine to Every Patient
Course Objectives:
This talk will discuss why we use famotidine so much and review the mechanism of action as well as the purported benefits of administration.  It will review numerous studies that have evaluated the efficacy (or lack thereof) of famotidine in both dogs and cats. The potential negative side effects of acid suppression will be addressed. Finally, more recent studies discussing more effective administration techniques will be reviewed.

Performing a Urine Culture on Cats with Urethral Obstruction
Course Objectives:
This talk will briefly review a very common emergency presentation in our feline patients. The incidence of bacterial infections in cats will be discussed, with special attention focused on the incidence associated with urethral obstruction (both before and after unblocking and catheter placement). Guidelines for when culturing is indicated will be covered, as well as exceptions to the statement that culturing is never indicated.

Speaker Info:
Dr. Costello graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, and pursued an internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City followed by a critical care residency at The Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to get additional training in nephrology and dialysis at the University of California Davis veterinary College and the dialysis center at the Animal Medical Center. She has worked as a criticalist in both the University as well as private practice setting.  She has also worked in dialysis units at the University of Pennsylvania as well as in private practice. Dr. Costello has extensive lecturing experience, both in the United States as well as internationally. She has authored numerous book chapters as well as co-editing a book entitled Feline Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. 


(Monday) 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

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