This lecture reviews common drugs administered during the peri-anesthetic period that can be influenced by the concurrent administration of other drugs. The two broad classifications of drug interactions are in vitro (outside the patient) or in vivo (inside the patient). We will review common terminology that relates to pharmacology; however, emphasis is placed on understanding when interactions are likely to occur and clinical significance to the patient. While it is impossible to review all potential drug interactions, this presentation improves pharmacological awareness of interactions that may occur during the peri-anesthetic period. This will assist the anesthetist in manipulating how different drugs are used together to achieve the required triad of anesthesia: unconsciousness, analgesia, and muscle relaxation. Upon completion of this webinar, participants will have increased awareness of peri-anesthetic drug interactions that occur during the anesthetic event. They will be able to identify common advantageous or adverse peri-anesthetic drug interactions and use this knowledge to provide patients with an optimal anesthetic experience.
This presentation is RACE approved for 1 CE credit for both veterinarians and technicians.