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Veterinarian Technician June 2012 (Vol 33, No 6)

Tech Tips

    Ultrasound Cystocentesis With Confidence

    When preparing to perform ultrasound-guided cystocentesis, I keep the needle cap on and use it to gently tap the site of needle insertion with the ultrasound probe in position. On the ultrasound screen, the urine in the bladder can be seen moving in response to the external tapping, and I can visualize where to insert the needle. Then I simply remove the needle cap and perform the cystocentesis with confidence. This approach is especially helpful for technicians new to the procedure; it is also useful when the animal’s bladder is very small.
    Becky Giacomini, CVT
    Sheridan, Colorado

    “Collaring” Oxygen Hoses

    “Collaring” Oxygen Hose

    We use a snap-on dog collar to hold the coiled oxygen hose to our anesthesia machine. The collar keeps the oxygen hose from getting in the way, and we can unsnap the collar easily and quickly if the machine is moved and we need more hose.
    Lisa Mitchell
    Crosby, Texas

    Pre-procedure Visits Reduce Stress

    We offer “happy visits” to our nervous patients, especially those that have previously had a stressful experience at a hospital. During these visits, we don't perform any procedures; the pets only receive lots of positive attention while we casually “introduce” them to instruments or machines. These appointments are free of charge and are scheduled during times when we do not expect the hospital to be busy.
    Lynea Lilley, RVT
    The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital

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