Your pet will receive the same safe intravenous anesthetic drug you would receive in hospital. This is administered via a vein of the foreleg and through a catheter if intravenous fluids are to be given. As is the case with people also, a tube is then gently placed in the airway so an anesthetic gas can be inhaled. This allows more precise control of anesthetic depth.
The patient is then clipped and cleaned in our preparation room before transfer to our sterile surgical suite.
We have wonderful monitoring equipment that sends vital patient details by blue tooth to a large wall mounted computer for easy viewing. The Wireless PC VetGard+(www.vmedtechnology.com). This allows us to monitor anesthetics at a very high standard for optimal patient safety. We can routinely measure blood oxygen levels, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, ECG patterns, core body temperature and even the amount of carbon dioxide in the air breathed out by the patient (Capnography). Despite this we also rely on our skilled nurses to be constantly evaluating and digitally charting the patients status on an ipad. We currently have two comprehensive monitors with capnography for each of our two surgeries and two pulse oximeter devices.
We routinely use electrosurgery equipment with a fine tipped pen for pin point control of bleeding. This is just like you see on TV with human surgeries and reduces blood loss and pain. We have upgraded to the best with the amazing Force Triad energy platform from covidien. (www.covidien.com)
During most surgeries blood pressure is supported with intravenous fluids given at a carefully controlled rate with an infusion pump. We have six of these units and a syringe pump so fluids and intravenous pain relief can easily be continued after surgery also.
Being able to see exactly what you are doing is crucial during surgery and so we have invested in the latest technology, with a powerful human grade, LED surgical lighting system in both operating rooms. Additionally a powerful surgical 10 watt LED head light is available as needed.
Our small Veterinary patients are very prone to dangerous body temperature drops during surgery which can increase complication rates. Due to the importance of this, we have invested in the latest warming technology for the pets under our care. Patients at our Clinic will be warmed during their procedure whether surgical, dental or imaging with the Hot Dog Patient Warming Device (www.vetwarming.com). Again we will be the first general practice in New Zealand to offer this standard of care and safety for our patients. After surgery we have two machines that blow warm air into a special blanket that covers the patients keeping them wonderfully warm.
Having perfectly sterile surgical instruments, drapes and gowns is critical to successful outcomes especially with advanced surgery and orthopaedics. We have invested in the best with our large hospital grade B class autoclave. The Tuttnauer Elara 11.(www.tuttnauer.com)
All our surgical packs have class 4 internal monitoring strips to ensure every pack is entirely sterile throughout. Our autoclave is also monitored with its own onboard digital software to ensure perfect performance and is professionally calibrated annually.
We are also the first clinic to have gas sterilisation for more delicate instruments.