Anaesthesiology is very much a case of ‘the more I learn, the less I know’. It is very easy to become cavalier when administering anaesthetics to patients. Especially after you have been doing it for some time. At the end of the day we don’t kill too many but probably know very little about how close or far we came? It went to sleep and it woke up. What more could be asked?
Technology will play a greater role in patient anaesthetic management in the future? This said, none of the current monitoring systems are perfect or completely accurate so advances need to be made before this is safe. A little like driverless cars. they will come but the bugs need to be sorted first.
In the meantime, the veterinary environment continues to change. The days when clients were accepting that we had done everything possible to help their pet are fast disappearing down the road and over the hill. Someone now has to be blamed, hung drawn and quartered when things go wrong. Not that there is any point to this type of society but that is what we are lumped with.
I guess it is easy to be cynical so it is nice to look back to why I became a vet in the first place. I just didn’t like seeing animals suffer. Being more mechanically minded, surgery was the pathway I followed. Hence an interest in patient anaesthesia & pain management.
Anaesthetic Pro was an interesting offshoot. I have had the opportunity to recently look back at the process and forward to where the future may take us. Since AP’s first iteration there have been some great software developments such as Smart Flow Sheets . These are two very different products and provide quite different solutions.
So what does AP do?
It provides veterinary practices with a wide range of premed, anaesthetic and pain management drug options for use in a range of common companion animal species. General drug options are listed along with protocols tailored to specific clinical conditions such as heart disease.
AP allows users to very rapidly calculate dose volumes for premeds, anaesthetics, epidurals & CRIs over a range of dose rates.
AP provides individualised patient ‘crash sheets’ that calculate dose volumes for common emergency drugs to have on hand in case of an emergency.
AP allows users to print patient anaesthetic monitoring & consumable sheets for use during surgery.
AP allows users to calculation safe local anaesthetic dose volumes. This is particularly important for small patients. Many of these products have very narrow safety margins.
AP allows users to calculation reversal drug dose volumes for common sedative drugs.
AP collects drug information that is helpful for stock management and restricted medication reconciliation.
AP provides a platform to assist staff plan patient anaesthetic procedures.
AP helps establish a patient documentation trail.
AP was developed using Filemaker. The website and registration interface was designed by Digital Fusion *.
AP is available for a 60 day no obligation trial at: AP Download
So what does the future hold?
Designed for general practice (where most vets find themselves working), AP helps staff find better safer solutions to common problems. For example: When patients show signs of pain during surgery instead of turning up the gauge on the vaporiser, staff can quickly calculate safe drug volumes for IV administration. A much safer option.
The goal will always be to help arm practices with the knowledge to provide better, safer veterinary care for their patients. Our aim is to embrace cloud technology. This opens some exciting opportunities to share data and allow better identification of safer drug protocols for a range of species and clinical conditions. Something that is very difficult to achieve currently.
* Based in Christchurch New Zealand & Sydney Australia