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Approach To The Patient With Gastrointestinal Disease

Excel CPD - Vet Nurse CPD

11 months ago
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Date: Monday 21st October, 2024 - Friday 29th November, 2024
Start time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Duration: 15 hour(s)
Cost: £255

In recent years there has been a marked interest in identifying the causes of gastrointestinal disease in companion animals; the path to diagnosis has progressed with the identification of serological biomarkers and more access to endoscopy within general practice. Novel protein diets have been developed by veterinary food companies resulting in a positive effect on outcome in combination with pharmaceuticals for some animals.



The veterinary nurse plays a key role investigation, treatment and client support for these often, chronic cases. Having an enhanced level of knowledge on the pathophysiology and treatment options, together with a firm understanding of the diagnostic process is paramount to patient recovery.



After completing this 6 week online course, the participants will have a greater knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of gastrointestinal disease which they can apply regularly in practice.



Week 1 - Diseases of the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract

Upper gastrointestinal tract (UGIT) anatomy refresher
UGIT hereditary and acquired abnormalities
Investigation of vomiting and regurgitation
Sedation and general anaesthesia considerations
Learning objectives

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

List the main structures of the UGIT
Describe the normal function and processes of the UGIT
Identify the difference between vomiting and regurgitation and the common causes
Understand the diagnostic approach to patients with UGIT symptoms
Explain the reasons why patients with UGIT disease are higher risk for investigative procedures
Evaluate current methods used in practice to sedate patients with UGIT disease and analyse if modifications to practice would be beneficial.


Week 2 - Diseases of the Lower Gastrointestinal Tract

Lower gastrointestinal tract (LGIT) anatomy refresher
LGIT pathophysiology
Mechanisms and classification of diarrhoea
Investigative process for LGIT symptoms
Patient preparation for GI endoscopy
Supportive treatment for patients with LGIT
Learning objectives

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

List the main structures of the LGIT
Describe the normal function and processes of the LGIT
Differentiate diarrhoea types and common causes
Understand the diagnostic approach to patients with LGIT symptoms
Evaluate current care plans used in practice to prepare patients for endoscopy and analyse if modifications to practice would be beneficial
Summarise the key therapeutic treatments for patients with LGIT


Week 3 - Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Anatomy and functions of the gastroscope
Cleaning and sterilising procedures
Endoscopy sourcing, storage, and auditing
Learning objectives

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

Label the main components and list the functions of a gastroscope
Explain the bedside procedure for cleaning and then sterilising the gastroscope
Select the correct biopsy tools and materials for optimal sampling and histological value
Evaluate practice protocols to standardise in line with current best practice


Week 4 - Interventional Endoscopy

Foreign body removal
Balloon dilatation
Injection of steroids and anti-inflammatory medications
Endoscopically-placed feeding tubes
Learning objectives

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

List the various interventional uses of gastrointestinal endoscopy
Select the correct forcep tool for foreign body retrieval
Describe the ballooning technique use for oesophageal strictures
Explain the indications, risks and technique for placing a PEG tube


Week 5 - Nursing Patients with Gastrointestinal Disease

Nursing basics and care plans
Pain and emesis management
Oesophageal tube placement
Assisted feeding methods
Learning objectives

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

List the essential care requirements for nursing patients with GI disease
Identify symptoms of pain and nausea
Compare patient assessment tools to monitor status and benchmark interventional treatment
Calculate energy requirements and feeding volumes for tube feeds


Week 6 - Enteropathy Therapeutics and Nutrition

Terminology of diseases
Pathways and mechanisms of enteropathies
Medications and therapies
EBVM current information
Dietary needs
Learning objectives

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

Differentiate between terms associated with chronic enteropathies
Analyse the treatments allocated to different types of enteropathy
Refer to updated resources and guidelines to further inform their knowledge and subsequently refer to it at a later date
Explain what a diet trial is
List the types of dietary allergen there are


Tutors: Nicola Read and Gina Parkes
Date: 21st Oct - 29th Nov 2024
Cost: £255 +vat
Length: 6 weeks
CPD: 15 hours
Level: Intermediate

Who is it for?

Veterinary Nurses

The Venue

Online

Number of CPD hours this event can be recorded as

15 hours

Registration and Booking

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