Anaesthesia Mistake Awareness For Nurses
The pressures facing anaesthetists today are great; the anaesthetist must fully understand physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, anaesthesia equipment, and monitoring devices as well as recognize their limitations. Although the goal is to assure a successful surgical or procedural outcome while ensuring the patient receives the finest possible anaesthetic care, mistakes can and do happen. During this session, you'll discover the most common causes of anaesthesia-related errors as well as insight on how to prevent them. Learning Objectives: Enhance awareness of the most common sources of anaesthesia mistakes, identify characteristics of a great anaesthetist, develop ways to avoid or minimize anaesthetic related errors, checklist use.
Recording from 11 May 2022
Heidi Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), (Surgery), CFVP, Fear Free Elite Certified Professional
Ms. Heidi Reuss-Lamky graduated from Michigan State University’s Veterinary Technology Program in 1984. She has extensive experience in general practice, and since 1993 has devoted her technical expertise to the surgical department of specialty hospitals. She has been affiliated with Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, since 2006. Heidi became certified through the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2003, and sat on the credentials committee from 2005 to 2009. She served in the president’s role on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians from 2007 to 2009. She was a member of the editorial review board for Today’s Veterinary Nurse Journal from 2015 to 2020. She was also a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians, and currently sits on the executive board. She has a special interest in veterinary behavior medicine and achieved Fear Free Elite status in 2020, in addition to a Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional certification in 2021. Heidi is an ardent advocate for the veterinary technology profession, and serves as a consultant for many allied veterinary industries. She is also a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties. Heidi is a prolific author and lecturer, presenting anesthesia, surgical nursing, surgical instrument sterilization, and Fear Free-related topics at veterinary meetings worldwide. She most recently published “Locoregional Anesthesia for Small Animal Patients” in Today’s Veterinary Nurse Journal (formerly Today’s Veterinary Technician Journal), (Summer 2020). She was also honored to receive the 2013 NAVC Dr. Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecturer award. Heidi currently shares her home with her husband, Bryan, and 2 dogs, 2 cats, an African grey parrot and pond koi. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, gardening, travel, lecturing, and quenching her never-ending thirst for knowledge.