This one-day workshop will provide you with an understanding of the common systems derangements in emergency and critically ill patients. Understanding what is happening with these animals will allow you to confidently manage and monitor them manage them.

The practical session will focus on the nursing care of high dependency patients: monitoring, record keeping, catheter placement and care, and how to manage the various tubes that these animals have.

The technique of providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation will be reviewed and tips and tricks given.

Key Skills:

At the end of this workshop delegates should be able to:

  • Perform confident triage of emergency cases presenting to the practice
  • Develop confidence in care and management of high-dependency patients and their equipment e.g. chest tubes, feeding tubes, urinary catheters, central lines
  • Better understand treatment decisions e.g. fluid therapy and analgesia choices

Trudi McAlees

BSc, BVSc, MANZCVS (Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care), FANZCVS (Emergency Medicine and Critical Care)

Dr Trudi McAlees is a New Zealand veterinarian and Massey graduate who after starting her career in a mainly dairy practice, headed off to the UK for the obligatory period of locum work and travel. After a short period in small animal practice in Auckland, Trudi then moved to Melbourne to pursue a 2-year position in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Melbourne, but stayed for 10 years before returning to private practice. She is currently working with the Waikato Afterhours Veterinary Hospital and from February 2019 will be at The Referral Centre in Hamilton.

Trudi is committed to post-graduate education. She is passionate about improving the ability of practitioners to deal with emergencies, and hopes to decrease the anxiety that can accompany these cases when they present. Trudi has a particular interest in analgesia, ventilation and multi-trauma cases. She presents the Sydney University Distance Education course in Emergency Medicine.

Trudi has memberships of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, and in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care and was the first person to achieve Fellowship in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in 2008.

Practical Skills in Critical Care for Nurses