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

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

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

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 Three is designed to build on the knowledge base of experienced technicians. This 6-week advanced level course covers parenchymal and non-parenchymal respiratory emergencies, and considerations such as pulmonary thromboembolism, pneumonia, respiratory failure, and pleural space disease along with thoracocentesis, tracheostomy and other related topics. It also reviews procedures and treatment of urinary and reproductive emergencies as well as ARF/CRF and dystocia. This course contains 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 Three.


On completion of this course the learner will be able to:
1. Differentiate between parenchymal and non-parenchymal diseases
2. Appraise a patient’s respiratory pattern and recognize abnormalities along with possible causes
3. Recognize upper airway, chest wall, and pleural space diseases and discuss the pathophysiology
4. Provide monitoring for patients receiving oxygen supplementation and discuss the advantages and risks of oxygen supplementation
5. Calculate and analyze a patient’s A-a gradient
6. Distinguish between a V/Q mismatch, diffusion impairment, and shunt
7. Discuss the uses of respiratory, urinary, and reproductive medications
8. Differentiate between ALI and ARDS
9. Determine when a patient is in respiratory failure and implement appropriate medical care
10.Distinguish between ARF and CRF
11. Assist with a thoracocentesis or tracheostomy
12. Manage a patient with a urinary catheter and calculate urinary production
13. Discuss the causes and treatments for dystocia
14. Recognize a patient with pyometra
15. Discuss other reproductive diseases including mastitis and paraphimosis
Brandy Tabor, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)

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Brandy Tabor, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)
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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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  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 0.25 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 70

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