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Veterinarian Technician July 2011 (Vol 32, No 7)

Tech Tips

    Storing Stained Slides

    Slide-holder container for storing Diff-Quik stains.

    Slide-holder container for storing Diff-Quik stains.

    For storing Diff-Quik stains, we use three slide-holder containers, one for each stain. We mark the containers with the date they were filled so that we know when to change them. The slides fit perfectly in the slots, so you will never again lose a slide in a stain container.

    Louise Schaloum, LVT

    Interrupting Fluid Therapy

    When a patient that is receiving intravenous fluids needs to be walked outdoors, instead of completely capping the intravenous line, we add an extension set to the primary line (and ensure that the extension line is free of air) so that we can put an injection cap on the end and tie the extension around the patient’s leg. This allows us to simply reattach the primary line, open the ports, and flush the line. There is no need to carry the fluid bag or retape the line to the patient.

    Erica Zelenkov, LVT

    Getting Hospitalized Cats to Eat

    Getting hospitalized cats to eat is very important, especially to prevent hepatic lipidosis due to anorexia. Cats often will not eat when they are afraid or in an unfamiliar place with loud noises and unusual smells. I have found that animals are great at sensing people’s “energy,” so I approach feline patients calmly, speak softly, and pet them in their favorite areas. When the patient begins to purr, I offer its food or a strong-smelling canned food. This works for me 90% of the time.

    Misty Gomez, AS, RVT

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