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Clinical Discussion : Episode 20

No-touch vitals monitoring for stress-free post-op recovery


Learn about VetGuardian, which continuously detects temperature, pulse, and respiration with live video

Sponsored by Zomedica

In this segment of dvm360 Live!™, Courtney Campbell, DVM, DACVS-SA, joins the set to discuss monitoring vitals and managing stress, especially in the post-operative phase. Campbell said that when animals are stressed, the release of stress hormones heightens their pain sensation, reduces endorphins, and can even suppress the immune system, hindering healing. “There are so many reasons why you really want to reduce or mitigate stress in animals. It's because that post-op journey, it's a journey," he said.

As an experienced orthopedic surgeon, Campbell shares insights into the challenges post-operative care poses. The concern extends beyond the operating room, and stress monitoring becomes crucial to ensuring a smooth recovery process. Campbell discusses moments post-surgery where monitoring vital signs, such as temperature, pulse, and respiratory rates, becomes essential. The goal is to allow patients to sleep and recover safely, emphasizing the need for continuous remote monitoring.

In this vein, Campbell discusses VetGuardian from Zomedica. This device not only monitors vital signs like temperature, pulse, and respiration but also incorporates a video camera and thermal imaging. He likens the product to a radar gun, providing continuous data that is both comprehensive and accessible with the need to touch the patient or attach a device to them.

Check out the video above for more.

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