The Anesthesia Monitor-Tagger monitors the cats for complications that may occur as a result of the anesthesia, removes the cats from their cages when they are fully anesthetized, puts them on fleece pads, attaches the Paw Tags assigned to them during admissions, lubricates their eyes and transports cats to the Veterinary Examination Station. This position requires a rabies vaccination.
- Monitor the cat for complications resulting from the anesthesia, in particular, irregular breathing, no breathing or vomiting.
- Monitor the cat’s position as it becomes sedate. If the cat’s face is blocked or its neck is twisted, tip the trap to reposition the cat, so it can breathe well.
- If a partially anesthetized cat begins to vomit, tilt the trap so that the cat’s head is lower than its body. A partially awake cat can control its vomit reflex. Do not remove the cat from the trap.
- If an anesthetized cat begins to vomit, hold the cat with his head towards the floor, and use a cotton-tipped swab to clear the back of the throat. Do not use your finger. Have the veterinarians at the Veterinary Exam Station check the mouth for any remaining food or fluid.
- Respiration should be >6/minute, heartbeat should be >100/minute, and gum color should be pink. If the cat is not breathing well, or its gums are blue, take the cat immediately to the Emergency Station. Speaking loudly and calmly say “cat not breathing” to alert vets to converge at the Emergency Station.
Note: Xylazine causes pale gums.
- When handling the cat, do not hold the scruff of its neck alone. Always support its back and bottom too. Support the cat’s head without flexing its neck, so that the airway remains straight and open.
- Keep the cat entirely on its fleece, including its tail, head and all of its feet. Do not allow any part of the cat’s body to contact clothing, skin or anything except the fleece, in order to prevent any contamination from cat to cat.
- Never open a cage containing an alert or semi-conscious cat.
Anesthesia Monitor-Tagger Instructions
Remove the fully anesthetized cat from the trap. Place the cat directly on a fleece pad, fuzzy side toward cat being careful not to let its head, feet, tail or any body part come off the pad. Do not leave the cat unattended: either hand the empty trap with its covers to a fellow Monitor-Tagger who is available or replace the empty trap on the rack.
As time allows, transport empty traps with the cover or sheet tucked under the trap handle to the Recovery Station for cleaning. Monitor-Taggers team up to transport traps in an efficient manner.
Compare the Paw Tag and the Medical Record to be sure the ID# matches.
Wrap the Paw Tag around the left front paw, and staple the ends together so that it’s secure. No information should be written on the Paw Tag.
Instill two drops of corn oil lubricant into each eye.
Remove any collars, flea collars or other items on the cat, and attach them to the trap’s handle before taking the trap to the Recovery Station Trap Manager for cleaning.
Check inside the plastic sleeve with the Medical Record for any Alert tags. Attach any Alert tags (orange “URI,” green “Food,” red “Medical Alert,” tan “Already Neutered”) to the cat’s left front paw.
If the cat has vomited since induction, issue a red “Medical Alert” tag. Write “vomited” and the time on the masking tape on the back of the tag and note it on the Medical Record along with the time.
Monitor the cat’s respirations carefully, and if normal, deliver the cat on its fleece to the Veterinary Examination Station. Support the cat’s head without flexing its neck, so that the airway remains straight and open.
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Station Closing and Cleanup
When the clinic is concluded all station volunteer are expected to assist in the following:
- Inventory the remaining supplies and repack the supply kits. Replacement supplies are found in our Storage Room.
- Replace the repacked kit, including instructions, on the rolling cart in the proper position.
- Return Gender ID tags to the bins and return the bins to Admissions.
- Wipe and dry all plastic sleeves inside and out with disinfectant to clean.
- Clean all tables and the induction area rack, ensuring all tape is removed, including the undersides of the tables.
- Clear area of all trash and remove the trash in the large plastic bags to the anatomy lab hall for disposal.
Complete the TKX drug log and return ALL drug vials, including empty vials, to the Clinic Supervisor. A completed drug log means it is signed by the Anesthetist and all blank areas are crossed off.