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Veterinarian Technician August 2013 (Vol 34, No 8)

Tech Tips

    Keeping Oxygen/Gas Masks on Small Patients

    To keep oxygen and gas masks on small and exotic animals, we clip a small muzzle around the mask and then the animal’s head.

    Keeping Oxygen/Gas Masks on Small Patients
    Holly Thom, CVT
    Minnesota Valley Pet Hospital
    Mankato, Minnesota

    Catching Urine Samples

    We save empty vaccine trays to use for catching urine samples. If we can’t get a sample at the hospital, we send the owner home with a urine collection kit, which includes a clean, empty vaccine tray and a urine tube for submitting the sample. The flat, long tray is perfect for getting under a pet to collect a urine sample. Before it is used, owners should ensure that the tray is clean and dry. I usually also give owners a pair of latex gloves to wear when obtaining a sample and a sealable plastic bag in which to dispose of everything.
    Danialle Natale
    Wantage, New Jersey

    Triple-checking Drugs

    When you’re in a hurry, mistakes can happen. I’ve found that when filling a prescription, it’s best to take my time. To prevent overdosing or underdosing a patient, I triple-check drug labels before dispensing drugs. I check the drug’s name, strength, and quantity when I remove the drug from storage, immediately before I dispense it, and when I return it to storage.
    Lacey Graves
    Tinley Park, Illinois

    Making Paw-print Keepsakes

    After euthanasia, we offer clients complimentary clay keepsakes of their pet’s paw print. We purchase baking clay at a hobby shop, soften it according to the instructions, roll it into a little ball, and press it flat. After the pet has been euthanized, we press its paw into the clay and give the keepsake to the client in a little bag with the baking instructions attached. This, along with sending a sympathy card, lets our clients know that we care.
    Valerie Pendolino, LVT

    Administering IV Fluids With Light-sensitive Additives

    When we administer IV fluids that contain light-sensitive additives, we protect the fluid by making a reusable IV bag cover from a thick, black garbage bag. We cut a rectangular piece from a garbage bag and fold it in half so that it will cover both sides of an IV bag. Then we tape together the sides of the cover and cut a notch in the top for the loop of the bag to fit through. The bottom of the cover is left open to facilitate changing the IV bag and checking the remaining fluid volume.
    Beth Ann Spisak, RVT
    Line Street Veterinary Hospital
    Columbia City, Indiana

    Making Cord “Tamers”

    Here’s a way to “tame” all your unruly cords. Take the small, empty cardboard tube from a self-adhesive bandage roll, wrap it in colored tape, label it so that it’s not mistaken for trash, and secure just about any cord!

    Making Cord “Tamers”
    Cassandra Fay, AAS, LVT
    Veterinary Teaching Hospital
    Washington State University

    Marking Syringes for At-home Use

    When we send clients home with liquid medication, we mark a syringe with an indelible marker at the appropriate dose to show clients how much they need to draw up. We place a piece of clear tape over the mark to prevent it from wearing off.
    Jenna Zimmer, CVT
    Madison, Wisconsin

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