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Saturday, August 12 • 8:15am - 9:05am
Global approach to critical patient management

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It is essential to develop a systematic assessment of the critical patient that addresses the most common life-threatening problems. A quick evaluation of airway, breathing, circulation and mental state can be made to identify life threatening abnormalities in these systems. Is the patient in pain?
The most common respiratory abnormalities in the trauma patient are pulmonary contusions, pneumothorax and rib fractures, however patients presented to the emergency room also may be in severe respiratory distress associated with a pleural effusion, laryngeal paralysis etc.
The most common and critical cardiovascular problems are hypovolaemia related.
Evidence of brain injury may be obvious, however in some cases due to the depressed state of the patient following major haemorrhage, sequential clinical observations may be necessary to fully assess the patient.
Optimizing tissue perfusion and oxygen delivery is the primary goal of the emergency and critical care clinician when approaching trauma patients, and the non-traumatic critically-ill. 

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Terry King

Veterinary Specialist Services
Terry, a native of Northern Australia, graduated from the University of Queensland, School of Veterinary Science in 1975 and spent the next 19 years in private practice in outer suburban (mostly small animal) Brisbane.  After a year's sojourn in the USA and Brisbane's Animal Emergency... Read More →

Saturday August 12, 2017 8:15am - 9:05am AEST
Room 8