Conference Program 2020


A Little Bolus Never Hurt ... Right?

14 May 2020
Veterinary Technician's Theater

This lecture will review the pathophysiology of body fluid composition, venous access, and fluid needs of critically ill patients.

Discuss the different fluid types (crystalloids vs. colloids), the composition of each fluid type, and the indications of each fluid type.

Discuss maintenance vs. replacement fluid requirements, including discuss dehydration deficit. Discuss implementation of pressor therapy, including a pharmacological review of pressor agents. Discuss vascular access options (peripheral vs. central vs. PICC).

Review the importance of monitoring of fluid therapy, including monitoring for signs of fluid overload.

  • 1. Understand fluid balance based on the body's fluid composition.
  • 2. Understand the fluid calculations for maintenance, dehydration, and ongoing losses.
  • 3. Understand the difference between fluid types.
Courtney Waxman, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC), Instructional Technologist - Purdue University

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