Exploring the World of Veterinary Toxicology with Dr. Ahna Brutlag Join Dan (@drusyniak) &Howard (@heshiegreshie) as they explore the world of veterinary toxicology with Dr. Ahna Brutlag, Director of Veterinary Services at the Pet Poison Helpline. Find out how the approach to the poisoned veterinary patient is both similar and different to our bipedal brethren. […]
For centuries, medical experts practiced bloodletting for a variety of ailments. This was widely believed to rid the body of evil humors. When patients didn’t respond well, this was believed to reflect an inadequate or delayed bloodletting. Practitioners competed to see who could partake in the most rapid and aggressive bloodletting.
Hepatic encephalopathy is a common cause of ICU admission, as well as a common complication of ICU admission for other indications (e.g. gastrointestinal hemorrhage). At first the intubated patient with hepatic encephalopathy may seem a bit bewildering (will they ever wake up??). However, an organized and aggressive strategy combined with some patience is generally sufficient […]
by Sarah Shafer How does a heart break? In the case of beta-blocker (BB) and calcium-channel blocker (CCB) overdose, it’s a lack of calcium. Calcium is essential to muscle contraction, allowing actin and myosin to interact so that the cell shortens. Without calcium, the myosin and actin are blocked from interacting, and the cell stays […]