Kirk and Bistner's Handbook of Veterinary Procedures and Emergency Treatment

8th Edition

Authors: Richard Ford Elisa Mazzaferro
Paperback ISBN: 9780721601380
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 22nd December 2005
Page Count: 1008

Table of Contents


1. Prehospital Management of the Injured Animal
Survey the Scene
Initial Examination
Preparation for Transport
2. Initial Emergency Examination, Management, and Triage
Primary Survey and Emergency Resuscitation Measures
Ancillary Diagnostic Evaluation
Summary of Patient Status
The Rapidly Decompensating Patient
3. Emergency Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures
Abdominal Paracentesis and Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage
Bandaging and Splinting Techniques
Blood Component Therapy
Central Venous Pressure Measurement
Fluid Therapy
Orogastric Lavage
Oxygen Supplementation
Pulse Oximetry
Capnometry (End-Tidal Co2 Monitoring)
Vascular Access Techniques
4. Pain: Assessment, Prevention, and Management
Physiologic Impact of Untreated Pain
Recognition and Assessment of Pain
Acute Pain Management for Emergent, Critical/Intensive Care and Trauma Patients
Pharmacologic Means to Analgesia: Major Analgesics
Analgesia: Minor Analgesics
Adjunctive Analgesics Drugs
Local and Regional Techniques for Emergent Patients
5. Emergency Management of Specific Conditions
Acute Abdomen
Anaphylactic (Anaphylactoid) Shock
Angioneurotic Edema and Urticaria
Anesthetic Complications and Emergencies
Bleeding Disorders
Cardiac Emergencies
Ear Emergencies
Electrocution/Electric Shock
Emergencies of the Female Reproductive Tract and Genitalia
Emergencies of the Male Genitalia and Reproductive Tract
Environmental and Household Emergencies Fractures and Musculoskeletal Trauma
Gastrointestinal Emergencies
Hypertension: Systemic
Metabolic Emergencies
Neurologic Emergencies
Ocular Emergencies
Oncologic Emergencies <B


This thoroughly updated 8th edition comprehensively covers the management of emergency conditions, as well as hundreds of diagnostic and treatment challenges in small animals. The user-friendly format provides instant access to vital information, making it an ideal resource in emergency situations. Includes a section dedicated to the clinical evaluation of patients using both organized body systems and problems list approaches. It also offers guidance on clinical signs and symptoms, laboratory tests, diagnosis, and treatment.

Key Features

  • Offers a wealth of proven, successful methods for recognizing and treating emergency problems, as well as core information for everyday practice.
  • Provides essential information for the rapid assessment of patients and treatment planning.
  • Coverage includes practical advice and solutions; how to examine the small animal patient, using a body systems and problems list approach; and a review of basic diagnostic procedures used in daily practice.
  • Offers helpful recommendations for accurate and complete medical records management to help ensure quality care and legal compliance.


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'I was excited to see a new editon. the eith edition is slightly larger than its predecessors, and therefore less pocket 'pocket sized' but retains it's original format...this si a versatile and useful book that ges far beyond its title. Outstanding sections include the approach to the poisened patient and section 5 (diagnostic testing)...a useful starting point for any vetinary surgeon who deals with emergency patients, and acts as a hand book for all.' Sophie Adamantos, The vetinary Record.

About the Authors

Richard Ford Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Elisa Mazzaferro Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Emergency Services, Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialists, Wheat Ridge, CO, USA