Anaesthetic and Analgesia Provision
Our multidisciplinary team is fully supported by a team of experienced, residency-trained anaesthetists.
The anaesthesia team works closely with all our other departments to provide the best possible care to all our patients
Prior to a referral appointment, one of our anaesthetists will review the patient’s history and any current medications. This allows us to contact owners before an appointment to discuss on whether to give any medication, such as anti-coagulants, behavioural drugs or natural supplements, that may affect the course of the anaesthetic or surgery.
We may also recommend that medication to reduce anxiety is prescribed and administered before an appointment to make the examination easier and make the patient’s stay in the hospital as stress-free as possible.
Upon arrival, each animal is thoroughly examined and assessed so that an individual anaesthetic and analgesic plan can be decided. We tailor our choice of drug used and doses given to each patient, based on their temperament, clinical condition, what procedure they are having and any medical conditions they may have.
Following our pre-anaesthetic examination and review of the history, we may decide that further tests are required in order to confirm our findings or understand more precisely the health of the animal. The results will help us to refine the anaesthetic plan and minimise the risk of anaesthetic for the patient.
An anaesthetic plan is built around four key phases: pre-medication, induction, maintenance and recovery. Our anaesthesia team comprises our veterinary anaesthetists and our experienced registered veterinary nurses, who closely monitor all anaesthetised patients throughout their anaesthetic and during recovery.
For our more critical patients, the ICU team will take over during recovery and work closely with our anaesthetists to provide the level of care required. We provide advice on matters such as the use of vasopressors, fluid therapy, acid-base imbalances or analgesia.
Equipment and capabilities
Our hospital is fully equipped with multi-parameter (including invasive blood pressure and spirometry) monitors in each room, mechanical ventilator in each theatre and mobile ventilators in our diagnostic areas, multiple fluid pumps and syringe drivers available per patient in order to provide the best possible care at all times.
Pain relief (analgesia)
Another important aspect of the anaesthesia team’s work is providing advice regarding optimal pain relief for patients during hospitalisation and convalescence at home.
Effective pain relief is an important aspect of helping to ensure the best possible welfare for our patients. This is usually best achieved by using multi-modal analgesia where a number of pain-relieving techniques and medications are used at the same time to get the best result.
At Eastcott Referrals, we are very proud to offer loco-regional anaesthesia to all our surgical patients where this is appropriate. These techniques involve the use of local anaesthetics agents to numb the area being operated on. We use ultrasound or nerve stimulators to help ensure the local anaesthetic is placed close to the nerve to ensure that it is as effective as possible.
Our anaesthesia team is available to provide advice by phone or email. We also accept referrals for all cases requiring specific anaesthetic care.
Tristan is happy to take advice calls and emails relating to anaesthesia and analgesia.