When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 6:30 pm – 9 pm (or so)
Food: Provided and delicious!!
Topic: CPR and the RECOVER Initiative
Presented by Rebecca Lein Burke, DVM | Senior Clinician, Emergency Medicine
Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialists, Grand Rapids
Our February meeting will feature Dr. Rebecca Lein Burke, senior Emergency clinican at Blue Pearl Grand Rapids, speaking on pet CPR and the 2012 Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER initiative). She will discuss CPR and cardiac arrest, as well as have a CPR dummy present for demonstration.
The RECOVER initiative was published in 2012, and is expected to be updated in 2017. It is an attempt to standardize resuscitation and monitoring techniques to achieve the best outcomes. Here are some of the important points (from www.acvecc-recover.org):
- Less than 6% of dogs and cats that experience cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) survive to hospital discharge, while the survival rate in people is over 20%. Until the advent of evidence-based guidelines and standardized training in human medicine, survival rates in people were similar to animals.
- No such standardized guidelines or training exist in veterinary medicine, which has likely contributed to the poor outcomes in dogs and cats with CPA.
- The RECOVER initiative, a collaborative project supported by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC), involved over 100 board-certified veterinary specialists from around the world and was an 18 month-long systematic review of the experimental and clinical evidence in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
- The results were published in a special issue of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in June of 2012, which is now available FREE online thanks to generous sponsorship (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/vec.2012.22.issue-s1/issuetoc).
For those of us who don’t practice emergency medicine daily or frequently perform CPR, having standards and guidelines readily available may help with better outcomes for our patients.
We hope to see you there!
Your WMASAP officers,
Margaret Sudekum, Rebecca Vincent, Chris Dykhouse, and Christi Hage