Today's Veterinary Practice

SEP-OCT 2018

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ESSENTIALS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 13 ESSENTIALS At Banfield Pet Hospital, we acknowledge that anesthesia, along with sedation and immobilization, poses a high risk for patient safety. We are committed to continual improvement of education and training materials available to the profession. In January 2018, Banfield launched a new anesthesia program, including Anesthesia and Analgesia for the Veterinary Practitioner: Canine and Feline and the introduction of Anesthesia Medical Quality Standards. Guidelines, protocols and Clinical Essentials have been developed from an evaluation of the current literature, consensus of board- certified veterinary specialists and align with other professional standards, whenever possible. 1 Our anesthesia quality standards and updated protocols define processes of care and the requirements—based on current scientific knowledge—that help ensure the care we provide is safe, effective, timely, efficient, equitable, and patient centered, resulting in the best possible outcomes for every pet, every time. Key highlights of Banfield's new anesthesia program include: ■ Quality Standards ■ Key behaviors, responsibilities and tasks to support medical quality and a patient-centered experience in the preparation, anesthetic delivery, and procedural recovery of each pet. Focus on Quality: New Tools to Support Patient Safety in Anesthesia Carla Lerum, DVM Senior Program Manager Veterinary Systems Support, Banfield Pet Hospital FROM THE FIELD Chalabala From the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice's extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore topics and spark conversations relevant to veterinary practices that ultimately help create a better world for pets.

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