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Toxicology

Excel CPD - Vet Nurse CPD

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Date: Monday 9th September, 2024 - Friday 4th October, 2024
Start time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Duration: 10 hour(s)
Cost: £205

Week 1 - Toxicology Introduction

The top 10 commonly encountered toxins in small animal patients will be reviewed along with up-to-date evidence-based guidelines looking at treatment recommendations and options
We will review the reported antidotes as well as the use of intra-lipid emulsion and other supportive measures we may implement in patients suffering from intoxication
Common complications of the various intoxications we can encounter will be reviewed as well as discussion of how we may pre-empt and manage these

Learning objectives

Recognise the main toxins we see in practice
Develop a systematic approach to the intoxicated patient
Discuss the evidence bases looking at use of activated charcoal, intra-lipids and other antidotes, along with supportive measures for the intoxicated patient
Appreciate the main complications we may encounter with an intoxicated patient
Understand how to address and nurse intoxicated patients into recovery


Week 2 - Central Nervous System Toxins

Detailed discussion of the toxins that commonly affect the central nervous system, including recreational drugs, human medications, organic toxins, household and environmental concerns
We will look at decontamination of these patients as well as effective nursing care and monitoring for the patient with severe CNS depression associated with intoxication
Discuss when an antidote may be indicated and the systemic effects we can see associated with CNS intoxications

Learning objectives

Understand the effects of the main toxins affecting the CNS
Consider how to provide emergency treatment for these patients and also develop a plan for longer term care
Discuss whether decontamination is appropriate for patients when the CNS is depressed
Understand the complications and challenges we may encounter


Week 3 - Renal System Toxins

Discuss toxins that affect the patient’s renal system, including ethylene glycol, NSAID ingestion, baclofen and raisins / grapes
Consider how we can identify a patient with acute kidney injury due to a toxin and the treatment options available, including peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis
Nursing care for these patients is intensive and a focus on fluid balance and electrolyte status is vital, so this will be covered in detail

Learning objectives

Understand the different toxins that affect the renal system and how we can approach nursing and monitoring these patients
Consider approaches to acid-base stabilisation and electrolyte abnormality management
Understand why volume overload occurs, and how we monitor, prevent and manage this condition


Week 4 - Hepatic, Cardiac and Respiratory System Toxins

Round up of other common toxins including those affecting the hepatic, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and other miscellaneous agents.
We will look at identifying these patients, common sources of intoxication and approaches to management
Review of the process of gastric lavage and contraindications associated with this method of contamination Specific concerns associated with other toxins, including xylitol, baclofen, beta blockers, paracetamol, garlic and onions

Learning objectives

Discuss appropriate treatment options and interventions for the mentioned toxins
Confidently provide nursing care and monitoring for these patients
Discuss gastric lavage and when it may not be appropriate
Appreciate the long term effects these toxins may or may not have on our patients


Tutors: Kath Howie
Date: 9th Sept - 4th Oct 2024
Cost: £205 +vat
Length: 4 weeks
CPD: 10 hours
Level: Intermediate

Who is it for?

Veterinary Nurses

Number of CPD hours this event can be recorded as

10 hours

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