Wet Labs

EVECC Congress 2023 WET LAB Descriptions

As in previous years we are organizing different labs at EVECC Congress 2023 where you can learn the skills of emergency procedures and critical care from well-known specialists. There is a limited number of attendees for each lab so please register as soon as possible to reserve your spot in your preferred lab.

All wet labs will take place at the University of Porto, which is located within 15 minutes walking distance from the congress center.

Please note that labs can only be booked in combination with a congress registration for at least the day on which the lab takes place.



THURSDAY JUNE 1ST - Nurse & Technicians POCUS Lab


Tutors:
Theo van den Herik, Seline van Maastricht, Demi Paulissen-Erkelens 
Time: 09.00 - 13.00 (incl. breaks, 4 hrs. workshop)
Location: University of Porto
Room: TBC
Maximum number of attendees: 20
Format: Wet lab
Lab fee: Early fee € 150,00 incl. VAT / Late fee € 200,00 incl. VAT

We are proud to present the first point of care ultrasound training by veterinary technicians and nurses, aimed at veterinary nurses and technicians to be held at the EVECC congress in Porto!

Do you want to answer questions such as ‘does this patient has free abdominal fluid?’, ‘is this patient cardiogenic or non-cardiogenic?’ and ‘does this patient have an intact bladder?’ POCUS can help!

A sensitive and specific tool, POCUS is an extension of the traditional physical examination which can be used in the emergency setting, the ward and in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). While useful in stable patients, POCUS provides invaluable information in the unstable patient especially when repeated over time. POCUS is a helpful tool to easily make repeated assessments of patients because of the non-invasiveness, bedside availability and simplicity of ultrasound.

This wet lab will address the benefits of ultrasonography to the veterinary nurse, the basics of how ultrasonography works, and how to identify normal structures with practical hands-on experience. The lab will demonstrate how to perform a POCUS of the abdomen and thorax, both in triage and through the hospital stay, to monitor patient condition by following simple protocols which combine ultrasound views with straightforward, binary questions. These binary questions will assist in the identification or exclusion of critical factors in ECC scenarios. While POCUS is not intended to replace radiography or ultrasonography performed by an imaging or cardiology specialist, it can provide the veterinary vet or nurse with the skills to recognise and score patterns in respiratory disease, cardiac disease and urinary output.



THURSDAY JUNE 1ST - Basic POCUS Lab

Tutors: Maxime Cambournac
Time: 14.10 - 18.00 (incl. breaks, 4 hrs. workshop)
Location: University of Porto
Room: TBC
Maximum number of attendees: 20
Format: Wet lab
Lab fee: Early fee € 200,00 incl. VAT / Late fee € 250,00 incl. VAT

The “basic” point of care ultrasound (POCUS) lab is specifically designed to offer an introduction to all veterinarians interested in implementing POCUS into their practice. The wetlab will be focused on training proper technique. The different viewpoints for abdominal point of care ultrasound and the normal findings at these locations will be trained on live animals. Similarly, the different techniques regarding pleural and lung ultrasound will be presented, allowing trainees to get familiar with the bat, glide and curtain sign. Finally, a first glance at cardiovascular POCUS will be offered, demonstrating probe position in healthy live animals in search for evidence of pericardial effusion and tamponade, as well as assessing the caudal vena cava for size and size change.

This lab was only made possible by the generous support of:



FRIDAY JUNE 2ND - Specialist POCUS lab

Tutors: Søren BoysenKris Gommeren, Andrea Armenise, Tereza Stastny & Laura Cole
Time: 09.00 - 12.50 (incl. breaks, 4 hrs. workshop)
Location: University of Porto
Room: TBC
Maximum number of attendees: 20
Format: Wet lab
Lab fee: Early fee € 250,00 incl. VAT / Late fee € 300,00 incl. VAT

The specialist point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) lab is aimed at veterinarians who have already started performing basic POCUS in their practice, and are familiar with introductory sonography. This session which will be run by experts in the field of POCUS, who will guide you through the different techniques to diagnose common life threatening conditions encountered in an emergency practice. Cadaver models will be used to demonstrate tips and tricks for diagnosis of pneumoperitoneum and pneumothorax, as well as the detection and sampling of small volume peritoneal and pleural effusion.  Techniques to help rapidly assess key abdomen organs, assess the pleura and lungs, and evaluate the heart will be taught. The cadavers will be used to train the attendee to identify and interpret the presence of lung and pleural space pathologies that are commonly encountered in the  dyspnoeic animal.


 
FRIDAY JUNE 2ND - Vascular Access POCUS lab

Tutors: Søren Boysen, Julie Menard, Laura Cole, Maxime Cambournac & Thom Watton 
Time: 14.00 - 18.00 (incl. breaks, 4 hrs. workshop)
Location: University of Porto
Room: TBC
Maximum number of attendees: 20
Format: Wet lab
Lab fee: Early fee € 250,00 incl. VAT / Late fee € 300,00 incl. VAT

What options exist to secure IV access when we fail to place a percutaneous intravenous (IV) catheter after 3 attempts?!?!  What about the patient that has "blown" all its veins, has thrombotic vessels, or a subcutaneous hematoma? Is that blood gas sample we just collected arterial or mixed? How do we deal with these situations? This limited enrolment session will begin with a co-delivered interactive case based session on what options exist with difficult IV access in both stable and unstable patients, and will review indications for intraosseous catheter placement, venous cutdowns, central lines and ultrasound guided vascular access/sampling techniques. The interactive session will be followed by a hands on workshop that demonstrates how to make a "low cost" phantom chicken vascular access model (everyone will make their own model so they can teach others how to perform ultrasound guided vascular access). Using our freshly created vascular access phantom models, participants will be guided through "in" and "out" of plane ultrasound guided vascular access techniques, how to place ultrasound guided central lines, and how to sample various fixed structures (e.g. grapes) using "in plane" and "fanned out of plane" techniques.  Time permitting, and for those willing to participate, we will also run the first ever EVECCS "chicken phantom ultrasound guided vascular access Olympics", which will include prizes for the last three contestants standing! 

Objectives:

  1. Be able to explain and compare the advantages and disadvantages of ultrasound guided vascular access, intra-osseous catheters and venous cutdowns in small animal patients.
  2. Be able make a low cost chicken phantom ultrasound guided vascular access model to use in the latter half of the session.
  3. Be able to perform "in" and "out" of plane ultrasound guided vascular access techniques on chicken phantom models and practice "in plane" and "fanned out of plane" ultrasound guided aspiration of various structures (e.g. grapes).

  This lab was only made possible by the generous support of: