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Emergency And Critical Care: Assessment And Treatment Of The Critically Ill Patient Part Four

Emergency And Critical Care: Assessment And Treatment Of The Critically Ill Patient Part Four

Emergency And Critical Care: Assessment And Treatment Of The Critically Ill Patient Part Four

Brandy Tabor, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Brandy Tabor, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)
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Launch date: 03 Sep 2015
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Last updated: 19 May 2017

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ECC: Assessment and Treatment of the Critically Ill Patient: Part Four is designed to build on the knowledge base of experienced technicians. This 6-week advanced level course covers gastrointestinal and endocrine emergencies as well as other miscellaneous situations not covered in the first three courses. It includes challenging assignments that will require the student to utilize professional experience and critical thinking skills, along with new concepts and knowledge acquired through the course materials. Participants are not required to work in practice to complete this course.

Note: Each of the courses in the ECC: Assessment and Treatment of the Critically Ill Patient series is free-standing and participants may take the courses in any order. All 4 courses in the series utilize the same textbook.

This course was formally titled Advanced Principles of Emergency Patient Care, Part Four.


On completion of this course the learner will be able to:
1. Differentiate between small and large bowel diarrhea
2. Distinguish between vomiting and regurgitation and understand the clinical significance of each
3. Articulate the uses of gastrointestinal and endocrine medications
4. Recognize a patient with acute abdomen, the possible causes, and significance of each
5. Differentiate between SIRS, MODS, and sepsis
6. Manage a hospitalized patient with DKA
7. Recognize and discuss adrenal and thyroid emergencies including the pathophysiology
8. Explain and assist with peritoneal lavage or an abdominocentesis
9. Outline the possible injuries that can occur with abdominal trauma
10. Employ proper emergency treatment for a patient with heatstroke
11. Recognize and discuss tumor lysis syndrome
12. Recognize and discuss a patient with anaphylaxis including the pathophysiology
Brandy Tabor, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)

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Brandy Tabor, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)
on behalf of VetMedTeam

A native of Colorado, Brandy graduated from Colorado State University in the spring of 2003 with a BS in Equine Sciences. While attending CSU, she worked as a nurse's assistant in the Critical Care Unit at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Here, she learned just how far you can go with a career as a veterinary technician. She enrolled in Front Range Community College in Loveland, CO, graduating in 2005. Brandy then moved to Parker, CO where she currently works as a senior emergency and critical care technician. She had the honor of becoming a member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians in 2008.

Brandy has a passion for writing and has written several papers for Today's Veterinary Practice, Veterinary Nursing Journal, Today's Veterinary Technician, and Veterinary Technician. She is also a contributor in the 5th edition of Review Questions and Answers for Veterinary Technicians. In addition she is the current chair of the AVECCT Credentials Committee.

Brandy currently lives with two birds, two cats, and two dogs.

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 0.25 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 70

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