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Veterinarian Technician April 2013 (Vol 34, No 4)

Tech Tips

    Hanging Elizabethan Collars

    We use over-the-door hangers to keep our Elizabethan collars separated and easily accessible. Most of the hangers are small enough to fit through the holes in the collars. The exceptions are the number 10 and number 7.5 collars, which we hang with wire twist ties.
    Janet Donar, CVT
    Princeton, Wisconsin

    Keeping Surgical Patients Comfortable

    We place a cushioned Elizabethan collar on patients that wake up roughly from anesthesia or that have had eye or head surgery. The collar is reusable and easy to clean.
    Summer Gilber
    Suttons Bay Animal Hospital
    Suttons Bay, Michigan

    Organizing Medications

    To keep our prescription medications organized, we use a cloth shoe organizer with clear pockets. We labeled the shoe pockets “A” through “Z” and hung the organizer on a door.
    Shana Kowald
    Mayville, Wisconsin

    Managing Electrocardiograph Cords

    To help manage electrocardiograph cords, we create a tab of tape on the surgery table where patients’ legs rest during procedures. Once a surgical procedure is complete, each lead is clipped to the tape tab to hold it in place until the next procedure, and we don’t have to “fight” with tangled cords and clips.
    The CVTs at Animal Hospital of Ashwaubenon
    Ashwaubenon, South Carolina

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