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Acid-Base and Electrolyte Handbook for Veterinary Technicians


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List of Contributors vii Foreword - Stephen P. DiBartola viii About the Companion Website x 1 Introduction to Acid -Base and Electrolytes 1 Angela Randels -Thorp CVT VTS (ECC SAIM) and David Liss RVT VTS (ECC SAIM) 2 Disorders of Sodium 13 Angela Chapman BSc (Hons) RVN Dip HE CVN Dip AVN VTS (ECC) 3 Disorders of Chloride 34 Meri Hall RVT LVT CVT LATG VTS (SAIM) 4 Disorders of Potassium 44 Dave Cowan BA CVT VTS (ECC) 5 Disorders of Magnesium 57 Louise O'Dwyer MBA BSc (Hons) VTS (Anaesthesia & ECC) DipAVN (Medical & Surgical) RVN 6 Disorders of Phosphorus 66 Louise O'Dwyer MBA BSc (Hons) VTS (Anaesthesia & ECC) DipAVN (Medical & Surgical) RVN 7 Disorders of Calcium 79 Katherine Howie RVN VTS (ECC) 8 Traditional Acid -Base Physiology and Approach to Blood Gas 102 Jo Woodison RVT and Angela Randels -Thorp CVT VTS (ECC SAIM) 9 Metabolic Blood Gas Disorders 121 Eric Zamora -Moran MBA RVT VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) 10 Respiratory Acid -Base Disorders 136 Paula Plummer LVT VTS (ECC SAIM) 11 Mixed Acid -Base Disorders 152 Brandee Bean CVT VTS (ECC) 12 Strong Ion Approach to Acid -Base 163 Angela Randels -Thorp CVT VTS (ECC SAIM) 13 Companion Exotic Animal Electrolyte and Acid -Base 175 Jody Nugent -Deal RVT VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia & Clinical Practice ]Exotic Companion Animal) and Stephen Cital RVT RLAT SRA Index 207

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Angela Randels-Thorp, CVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), is Team Director for 1st Pet Veterinary Centers, an emergency, specialty, and general practice hospital with three locations in Arizona. She is a published author and routinely lectures internationally on both critical care and internal medicine topics, including acid-base and electrolyte imbalances. David Liss, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), is Program Director of a Veterinary Technology program at Platt College in Los Angeles, California, is an ICU technician at VCA Veterinary Specialists of the Valley in Woodland Hills, CA, and is the owner of a consulting business, Veterinary Training and Consulting, Inc. He routinely lectures nationally on critical care topics, and is a widely regarded educator and teacher.


"This is an affordable, useful addition to the veterinary acid-base literature and could be used by students or practitioners of veterinary medicine or veterinary technology...The book is written by veterinary technicians for veterinary technicians. It is of high quality and moderate complexity...The editors are to be commended for including a chapter on the strong ion approach to acid-base in veterinary patients. This feature is still lacking in many books, despite the wide scientific acceptance of the strong ion approach. It is often omitted for its mathematical complexity and potential lack of utility, but the author of that chapter does a good job of explaining the easy utility of strong ion difference clinically even if the total strong ion approach remains out of reach practically." (Doody Enterprises 17/03/2017) "Too often, veterinarians expect the veterinary technicians working alongside them to aid in patient care without a complete understanding of the complex pathophysiology of the disease or condition that is affecting the patient. Acid-Base and Electrolyte Handbook for Veterinary Technicians aims to correct this deficiency and hits the mark with only a few caveats"....."This book provides readers the information necessary to achieve that level of understanding. This slim and fairly priced book is perfect for experienced technicians working in a specialty practice, especially an intensive care unit or emergency service, or those seeking specialty certification who want a better understanding of acid-base and electrolyte disorders"......"it is an excellent reference for experienced technicians who wish to expand their knowledge and understanding of common acid-base and electrolyte disturbances" (Reviewed by Anthony Johnson, DVM, DACVECC, Veterinary Information Network, Davis, Calif 15th June 2017 AVMA)

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