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)
* Thoracocentesis
* Tracheostomy
* Urohydropulsion
* 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
* Burns
* 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


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