Anaesthesia – making it as safe as possible.

All our anaesthetics are carried out using Capnography. This is the process of measuring the carbon dioxide buildup in your pet’s system during anaesthesia using a machine called a capnograph. This has been proven to significantly decrease anaesthetic risk. The following is taken from Wikipedia’s article on Capnography, please click here if you wish to be taken to the page to learn more.

“Capnography has been shown to be more effective than clinical judgement alone in the early detection of adverse respiratory events such as hypoventilation, oesophageal intubation and circuit disconnection; thus allowing patient injury to be prevented. During procedures done under sedation, capnography provides more useful information, e.g. on the frequency and regularity of ventilation, than pulse oximetry.

Capnography provides a rapid and reliable method to detect life-threatening conditions (malposition of tracheal tubes, unsuspected ventilatory failure, circulatory failure and defective breathing circuits) and to circumvent potentially irreversible patient injury.

Capnography and pulse oximetry together could have helped in the prevention of 93% of avoidable anesthesia mishaps according to an ASA (American Society of Anesthesiologists) closed claim study.”

Additionally all our anaesthetics are carried out using Sevoflurane, which is the modern inhalation agent of choice for maintaining anaesthesia in human babies. Our pets are our babies and we aim to treat yours as we would our own. Levels of Sevoflurane in the blood change in around half the time as the older (and far less expensive) drug, Isoflurane – this means that changes in the depth of anaesthesia can be made in half the time, making anaesthesia safer and recovery quicker.

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