Stabilizing a Multi-trauma Case

November 15, 2016
American Veterinarian Editorial Staff

Elke Rudloff, DVM, DACVECC, clinical specialist and residency trauma supervisor at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists, explains how to stabilize a multi-trauma case.

Elke Rudloff, DVM, DACVECC, clinical specialist and residency trauma supervisor at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists, explains how to stabilize a multi-trauma case.

Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)

“[One of] the steps that a veterinarian might take to stabilize a multi-trauma case and evaluate that case would be to respond rapidly. Most veterinarians who see emergencies have a ‘ready area’ where a pet can be moved to, and anything that they need to intervene is in that area. Very basic things that would be done is at that the animal is provided with oxygen, and an intravenous catheter may be placed right away and pain medication is given.”