The Clinic Anesthetist assesses the general health and appearance of each cat and sedates them for surgery. This position requires a rabies vaccination.
- Discard sharps from each cat in the biohazard container.
- Dispose of all needles and syringes according to protocol with no exceptions. Do not recap the needles. Place the needle/syringe combination into a sharps disposal container. The needle cap can be disposed of in garbage or the sharps container.
- Observe the general health and appearance of each cat to screen for any potential contraindications for anesthesia.
- Check each cat for a tipped ear or URI before the cat receives any anesthesia.
Clinic Anesthetist Instructions
Prepare multiple doses of the TKX anesthesia mixture upon arrival using 1 ml Luer lock syringes with a ¾ inch 22g needle assembly to draw up 0.25 ml. The normal dosage for an average adult cat is 0.25 ml, the minimum dose is 0.125 ml, and the maximum dose is 0.3 ml. Adjust the dose up or down for larger or smaller animals. Consult the Clinic Supervisor for any other dose.
Assess the cat before injecting anesthesia:
- Inspect the cat’s ears. A tipped left ear indicates the cat has already been sterilized. Occasionally, the right ear has been tipped instead. If an ear is tipped, do not anesthetize the cat. Instead, cover the trap, affix an “Already Neutered” tag to the handle, and send the cat and its Medical Record to the Veterinary Examination Station.
- If the cat has signs of URI, do not anesthetize the cat. Instead, cover the trap, affix an orange “URI” tag to the handle, and place the cat in the isolation area to have surgery last.
- Screen for any potential contraindications for anesthesia by observing the general health and appearance of each cat.
- Review any alert tags issued by Admissions. Contact the Clinic Supervisor with any concerns.
- Consult with the Clinic Supervisor before anesthetizing kittens younger than 12 weeks or less than 3 pounds, or debilitated cats.
- Issue a red “Medical Alert” tag regarding any unusual findings or concerns, and make a note on the Medical Record. Write a note on masking tape on the back of the tag with a Sharpie pen alerting the Veterinary Examination Station, e.g., “check jaw,” “difficult breathing,” “vomited in anesthesia,” etc. The Anesthesia Recorder will attach the tag to the plastic records sleeve.
Inject the cat in the paralumbar muscle through the holes of the trap as soon as the Anesthesia Restrainer confines the cat with the trap divider. Communicate the Cat ID number, anesthesia dose, TKX vial #, and time of injection to the Anesthesia Recorder:
- Use a hemostat to retrieve the needle, if it comes off the syringe and remains in the cat. Luer Lock syringes should be used to prevent this from happening. Do not reach into the trap while the cat is awake.
- Dispose of the used syringe and needle in sharps container. Do not recap or reuse.
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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.