VET 245 Emergency and Critical Care Principles


Campus Location:
Georgetown
Effective Date:
2022-51
Prerequisite:
VET 235, VET 222, VET 240
Co-Requisites:

None

Course Credits and Hours:
1.00 credits
1.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course covers areas such as the physical exam, triage, hospitalized patient critical care, and emergencies as well as other segments of care. It includes challenging assignments that will require the student to utilize critical thinking skills, along with new concepts and knowledge acquired through the course materials.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

None

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course
Disclaimer:

None

Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Discuss the steps and procedures required for triaging incoming and in-hospital patients to prioritize those needing the most urgent medical attention.  (CCC1, 3, PGC 1, 2)
  2. Describe the steps, procedures, and drugs involved in the veterinary resuscitation guidelines, RECOVER.  (CCC1, 3, PGC 1, 2)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Discuss the steps and procedures required for triaging incoming and in-hospital patients to prioritize those needing the most urgent medical attention.  (CCC1, 3, PGC 1, 2)
    1. Discuss the steps in performing a physical exam while evaluating the patient’s emergency status.
    2. Establish a “ready area” to stabilize critical patients.
    3. Describe how to assess a hospitalized patient for changes in their medical status.
    4. Discuss and follow the Kirby’s Rule of 20 for daily care of the critical patient.
    5. Design an in-hospital treatment chart for a variety of species. 
    6. Identify and assist in the treatment of emergencies.
    7. Discuss, detect, and assist in the treatment of infectious diseases.
    8. Perform hands-on assessment of critically ill patients.
    9. Evaluate and record both subjective and objective physical examination parameter.
    10. Apply the numeric coma scale.
    11. Recognize abnormalities in mental status that can been seen with metabolic disease, drug administration or toxicity, and structural brain disease.
    12. Define risk factors for nosocomial infections in the ICU.
  2. Describe the steps, procedures, and drugs involved in the veterinary resuscitation guidelines, RECOVER. (CCC1, 3, PGC 1, 2)
    1. Compare RECOVER and CPR techniques. 
    2. Discuss the steps involved in RECOVER guidelines. 
    3. Identify common drugs used in emergency and critical care.
    4. Calculate drug doses, including Constant Rate Infusions (CRI).
    5. Calculate fluid rates. 
    6. Perform CPR. 
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

                 Summative: Midterm Examination

25%

                 Summative: Final Examination

25%

                 Formative: Assignments

50%

                 Summative: AVMA Essential Skills

 

TOTAL

100%

Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Apply theoretical information that leads to appropriate action in the application or delivery of veterinary nursing procedures.
  2. Competently perform a full range of veterinary nursing procedures used in small and large animal medicine.
  3. Practice behaviors that are consistent with the Veterinary Technology Code of Ethics and employer expectations/requirements.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.