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Preface vii Acknowledgments ix Section 1 Clinical Fundamentals in Promoting Good Health 3 1 The Elements of Environmental Husbandry 5 2 Considerations in Patient Management 11 3 Patient Exam and Assessments 27 4 Nutritional Notability 43 Section 2 Applied Nursing of the Veterinary Patient 49 5 Monitoring the Fluid Therapy Patient 51 6 Physical Therapy Applications 61 7 Perioperative Patient Management 67 8 Executing Emergency Care 75 9 Harmonizing Hospice Needs 89 Section 3 Proper Care of Tubes and Catheters 95 10 Venous and Arterial Catheter Care 97 11 Indwelling Urinary Catheter Care and Maintenance 107 12 Feeding Tube Care 115 13 Nasal Oxygen Catheter Care 123 14 Tracheostomy Tube Care 125 15 Chest Tube Care 129 Section 4 Comprehensive Areas of Focus 131 16 Cardiovascular Nursing 133 17 Regard for the Respiratory Patient 145 18 Grasping Gastrointestinal Nursing Care 161 19 Rendering Renal Care 175 20 Endocrine Nursing Encounters 185 21 Nursing Care of the Neurological Patient 191 22 Musculoskeletal Minding 201 23 Tending to the Skin and Special Senses 215 Appendix 1 Formulas 231 Appendix 2 Anatomy Illustrations 239 Appendix 3 Clinical Quick Reference Guides 245 Appendix 4 General Forms 255 Appendix 5 Employee Skill and Knowledge Advancement Plans 263 Index 271

About the Author

Kimm Wuestenberg, CVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) is a Certified Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency/Critical Care and Small Animal Internal Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona.


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