Into Thin Air: Respiratory physiology at altitude, and how recovery and healing might be challenging in the thin air!
This lecture has been RACE Approved for 1 CE hour for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
In this presentation, there will be a brief review of respiratory physiology followed by learning about the adaptations our patients develop living altitude. The direct effect of altitude on respiratory depression during sedation and anesthesia as well as with respiratory disease will be discussed. Clinical recommendations will be made in regards to anesthetic management and management of respiratory disease both in hospital and at home. The current literature assessing the effects of high inspired oxygen concentrations following surgery in human and veterinary medicine will be reviewed. Veterinarians will learn how to improve the direct patient care they are providing during sedation and anesthesia procedures in both healthy and critical patient and develop additional knowledge to understand respiratory gas exchange.