Habits and Practices Investigated: Anesthesia and Analgesia

Risks Associated with anesthesia and analgesia are well-recognized and reported in the AniCura Patient Safety Improvement System (APSIS). AniCura Sweden therefore hired a diplomate in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, Mathieu Raillard, to map these procedures and implement suitable improvements.

AniCura Sweden participated in two surveys to map anesthetic procedures. The first survey targeted hospitals and consisted of 125 questions on available equipment and drugs, assessment of anesthetic risk, and management and monitoring of anesthesia and sedation. The second survey targeted Associates and their recent training, level of confidence, preferred learning modalities and expectations.

A basic anesthesia training program was initiated consisting of an online, on-demand, course coupled with a clinical training tool. Moreover, coaching and audits in anesthesia are offered to hospital and clinics. AniCura is working on a comprehensive database where basic and advanced anesthesia educational material will be available.

A total of 28 hospitals and 284 Associates responded and the results indicate that:

  1. in most clinics most patients are taken care of by dedicated Associates using multiparametric monitors.
  2. most animals are stabilized before anesthesia.
  3. the use of opioids, loco-regional anesthesia and individual pain  assessment are normal practice in Sweden.