Injectable anaesthetics

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Injectable anaesthetics are used either for induction of anaesthesia followed by maintenance with an inhalational anaesthetic agent, or as a sole agent to induce and maintain anaesthesia. This chapter deals with venous access, injectable anaesthetics, neuroleptanalgesia and total intravenous anaesthesia.

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14.1 Marginal auricular veins, such as those observed in this German Shorthaired Pointer, may be suitable for venous catheterization. Avoid the artery which generally courses along the middle portion of the ear pinna.
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14.2 Different types of intravenous catheters.
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14.3 (a) Insertion of an intravenous catheter into the cephalic vein in a cat. (b) Fixation of the catheter to the limb with tape. (c) An elastic bandage is then applied to cover the tape.
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14.4 Phlebitis and tissue slough after accidental perivascular injection of 5% thiopental in a dog. (Courtesy of Tanya Duke-Novakovski, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
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14.15 Infusion system with a burette and a microdrip chamber.
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14.16 Volumetric infusion pumps.
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14.17 Syringe drivers.
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