It is pointless being able to do great procedures without having the backup of analgesia, anaesthetic and monitoring capabilities to support these adequately. Our head nurse, Mrs Rachel Brant RVN has certificates and advanced training in both anaesthesia/analgesia and in emergency care.
We tailor all our techniques to the individual patient and the procedure occurring, using ASA scores pre- operatively and regular pain scoring post-operatively. We therefore use a variety of drugs and drug combinations at different times and in different situations.
These include regular constant rate infusions (CRI) which will vary; they may include drugs such as dopamine, lidocaine, and other analgesic agents to keep our patients comfortable.
We use a large amount of local anaesthetic techniques, both as nerve blocks (local or epidural) and at surgical sites.
Almost all patients will have an endotracheal tube placed (unless a procedure is too short to do so), allowing us to control respiration and administer oxygen. We have a choice of inhalant anaesthetic gases, using isofluorane routinely, but also having sevofluorane readily available for higher risk patients or those with a particular need