Transfusion confusion: Blood transfusions for RVNs

Veterinary Nursing | ECC | 63 mins

The veterinary nurse plays a key role in the preparation and administration of blood products to our hospitalised patients, and caring for these patients throughout and after their transfusion. In this webinar we’ll chat through the common blood products used in practice, and their indications and contraindications; what makes the ideal blood donor, how to perform a blood donation, and why veterinary nurses are vital to the donation process. We’ll also walk through preparing, calculating and administering transfusions, as well as what to monitor, how to spot the signs of a transfusion reaction, and what to do if you suspect one.

Meet the speakers

Laura Jones

RVN & VTS (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Laura Jones qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2010, gained the DipAVN in 2014 and completed a degree in advanced veterinary nursing in 2017. Laura joined a newly-opened referral centre in Hampshire in 2015, to support and develop the Internal Medicine service. Here, her passion for medical nursing grew, leading to Veterinary Technician Specialist certification in small animal internal medicine in 2019. That same year, Laura developed a social media page and website, "Veterinary Internal Medicine Nursing', to educate and inspire nurses wanting to learn about medical patients, and speaks nationally on a variety of medical nursing topics. Laura currently works at The Ralph Referral Centre, where she nurses both high-dependency and medical patients, whilst leading the team of internal medicine nurses.

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