AAFP feline anesthesia guideline

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AAFP feline anesthesia guideline
Author(s):
S.A. Robertson, S.M. Gogolski, P. Pascoe, H.L. Shafford, J. Sager, G.M. Griffenhagen
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Date:
July 2018
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In our edition of: Oct 2018
In our categories of: small animals

our summary:

Robertson, S.A. et al. (2018) AAFP feline anesthesia guidelines. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 20 (7), pp. 602-634

The aim of these guidelines from the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is to make anaesthesia and sedation safer for feline patients; they are the first feline-specific anaesthesia guidelines.

The guidelines are based on a review of available literature and the consensus opinion of a panel of experts and cover the following areas:

  • Anaesthesia equipment
  • Anaesthesia circuits
  • Pre-anaesthetic assessment
  • Co-morbidities
  • Critical patient emergencies
  • Anaesthesia and sedation
  • Airway management
  • Peri-operative management
  • Monitoring during anaesthesia
  • Perioperative complications
  • Anaesthesia recovery

Useful resources such as checklists, e.g. for pre-anaesthetic preparation, and algorithms, e.g. for troubleshooting bradycardia or tachycardia, are given throughout.

One limitation is that there is a slight American bias to the drugs listed.

Take Home

Data shows that cats are at greater risk from anaesthetic complications compared to dogs. These guidelines will provide practitioners with a comprehensive resource on feline anaesthesia. The use of tables, diagrams and algorithms make the guidelines visually appealing and allow the information to be easily accessible thus providing a highly practical resource for veterinary teams. They will provide a good basis on which to produce local practice guidelines.

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