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Veterinarian Technician July 2013 (Vol 34, No 7)

Tech Tips

    Keeping Syringes Handy

    We attach a syringe case directly to the portable anesthesia machine so that there is always a syringe handy for inflating endotracheal tube cuffs. To make it easier to remove the syringe, we pack the tip of the case with cotton balls so the syringe plunger sits above the rim of the case.

    Keeping Syringes Handy
    Heather Riggs, BA, CVT
    Broadview University—Orem
    Veterinary Technology Faculty
    Orem, Utah

    Tying Endotracheal Tubes

    When gauze cling is used to tie endotracheal tubes to patients’ muzzles, the gauze can become a soggy mess that is difficult to remove. Using old intravenous lines to fasten endotracheal tubes is cleaner and more user friendly.
    Angela Martin, LVT
    Ashburn, Virginia

    Keeping Lips Out of the Way

    During dental procedures, we use clothespins to pin back the lips of big dogs.
    Brenda England
    Veterinary Medical Center
    Glasgow, Kentucky

    Providing Before-and-After Dental Pictures

    During and after dental procedures, we take photographs of patients’ mouths and give them to the respective clients. When multiple dental procedures are performed on the same day, it can be difficult to identify patients based on photos of their mouths. To help identify the photos, we use a Sharpie to write each patient’s first name on the index finger of the glove of the person who holds the lips open when the photos are taken. This makes uploading and preparing dental kits and pictures a snap!
    Debbie Wofsy and Alise Wood
    Largo Veterinary Hospital
    Largo, Florida

    Applying Bandages

    To avoid applying self-adhesive bandages too tightly, unroll most of the roll and then roll it up loosely. You won't have to pull as much while you apply the bandage.
    Isabelle Cormier, RVT
    Grey Cove Veterinary Health Centre
    New Brunswick, Canada

    Improving Eye Staining

    For more comfortable and less messy eye staining, fill a 3-cc syringe with 0.50 to 1 cc of eye wash, cut off the yellow tip of the fluorescein strip, place it in the syringe, invert the syringe two or three times, and place one or two drops in the patient’s eye(s).
    Denise Brelsford
    Southbury, Connecticut

    Cutting Test Strips and Costs

    We cut blood urea nitrogen test strips in half, giving us twice as many and cutting our cost for them in half.
    Cristina Duran, Head Veterinary Technician
    Silver Lakes Animal Hospital
    Pembroke Pines, Florida

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