is a monitor and why does it cost more to have my pet monitored?
put, patients vary. This truth emphasizes the need for patient monitoring.
Monitoring is simply the process of collecting data. These data are
used by the anesthetist to formulate or modify the anesthetic plan to
avoid or minimize risks to the patient similar to the way an airline
pilot uses the cockpit instruments to monitor the functions of the aircraft
and respond to abnormalities. Obviously, anesthetic risk is directly
related to the adequacy and accuracy of data collection and the knowledge
and skill of the anesthetist to utilize the information. Automated monitoring
(pulse oximetry, ECG, arterial blood pressure, end-tidal carbon dioxide,
arterial blood gases) provide more complete information and usually
facilitate earlier detection of problems than manual monitoring alone
(pulse palpation, mucous membrane color, respiration rate). Specialized
situations often require specialized monitoring techniques and as veterinary
surgery advances, so must veterinary anesthesia monitoring.
monitors are a considerable investment for a veterinary practice. They
will typically cost from $2000 to $20,000 depending on the number of
parameters measured. In addition there are ongoing maintenance and disposable
Veterinary Specialist Services for the best care available!