Back to basics: Monitoring the anesthetized patient
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Although there are many tools and techniques for monitoring patients under or recovering from anesthesia, it is often not practical or possible to monitor every aspect of an anesthetic's effect on a patient. Therefore, the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists (ACVA) has developed a set of basic guidelines to help the veterinary health care team determine monitoring priorities during anesthesia, surgery, and recovery.1 Veterinary technicians should be knowledgeable about the available monitoring methods, the ACVA guidelines, and the standard of anesthesia care.
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