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Basic Procedures Review

Item Number: VBRZ542
Price: $39.95

Contents

Skills Laboratory: Performing a joint tap

Are you reluctant to perform arthrocentesis? If so, this article will help. The authors give you a detailed refresher on this simple, low-risk procedure that can yield valuable diagnostic data.

Skills Laboratory: Getting the most out of exploratory laparotomy in dogs and cats

You can gain important information and often confirm a diagnosis by surgically exploring the abdomen. Follow these guidelines on performing the procedure properly.

Skills Laboratory, Part 1: How to obtain a CSF sample in dogs and cats

Analyzing a patient’s cerebrospinal fluid can provide clues to many neurologic diseases. But you have to get a good sample first. This guide will help you perfect your technique.

CSF sample handling and examination

Now that you’ve got your CSF sample, it’s time to examine it. You can perform many tests in-house, but you will probably have to send out samples for specialized testing. Here’s a look at the different ways a sample can be analyzed.

Interpreting the results of CSF analysis in dogs and cats

CSF analysis is just one link in the chain of diagnostic testing to identifyneurologic disease. Here’s what the results can and cannot tell you in cats and dogs with suspected central nervous system disease.

Three-minute peripheral blood film evaluation: Preparing the film

No single hematology procedure produces more valuable information yet requires so little time and expense than a peripheral blood film evaluation. Proper preparation and staining of the film are critical.

Three-minute peripheral blood film evaluation: The erythron and thrombon

When examining the red blood cells and platelets in a blood film, ask yourself these questions to quickly identify and further characterize conditions such as anemia and thrombocytopenia.

Three-minute peripheral blood film evaluation: The leukon

Taking a moment to briefly examine white blood cells will help you identify conditions such as inflammation or stress that may indicate serious disease.

Skills Laboratory, Part 1: Performing a neurologic examination

Take your time and be thorough, advises this author-neurologist, who tells you step by step how to examine a patient with a possible neurologic problem.

Skills Laboratory, Part 2: Interpreting the results of a neurologic examination

NNow that you’ve compiled all your findings from the neurologic examination, it’s time to identify the origin of the problem. Here are some tips to help you locate the lesion.

How to collect diagnostic bone marrow samples

Bone marrow evaluation can help reveal the cause of abnormal blood work results and much more. Get good samples by following these steps for bone marrow aspiration and core biopsy.

How to determine and interpret the mean electrical axis

Don’t be intimidated by this important ECG measurement. This cardiologist describes four methods for easily calculating the mean electrical axis and discusses what the abnormalities you may find signify.

Performing a cardiovascularphysical examination

In an age of ever-increasing technological advances, this hands-on aspect of evaluating a patient with possible heart problems shouldn’t be neglected. Your findings will help lead you down the correct diagnostic path.

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