The Admissions Triage Coordinators observe each cat within its trap during admissions to determine its suitability for surgery. They partner with the Trap Checker, Admissions Tagger and Check-in Recorder. A rabies vaccine is not required for this station.
- Anyone handling traps with conscious cats must wear leather gloves.
- This position requires knowledge of feline anatomy and experience to determine upon visual examination, whether a cat is in need of immediate assistance, appears healthy enough for surgery or has a contagious condition that requires segregation from the general population.
- This skilled volunteer needs the skill to quickly determine the approximate weight and age of kittens.
Admissions Triage Coordinator Instructions
After signing in, the Triage Coordinators report to the Admissions Captain to begin triage duties. This station begins with the first admission at 7:30. Volunteers must be at the Admissions Station ready to begin by 7:20 am.
Any cats with visible medical conditions that may require immediate evaluation are brought to the immediate attention of the Admissions Captain who may consult the Clinic Supervisor or Lead Veterinarian.
- Attach a red “Medical Alert” tag to the trap with a notation on the masking tape on the back of the tag indicating the medical condition observed.
Any cat upon visual inspection that appears to have nasal or ocular discharge is considered a possible URI (upper respiratory infection) case.
- Attach a “URI” tag to the trap handle and move the trap to the appropriate section awaiting transport to Isolation.
Kittens that appear to be 4 pounds or less receive a hot pink “Kitten” tag.
- Bring kittens to the attention of the Kitten Ambassadors, if they are not already informed.
- If any kitten appears to be less than 3 pounds, notify the Admission Captain to discuss with the caregiver. Efforts will be made to have the kitten return to a later clinic, if possible.
- Kittens with URI are tagged with “URI” and are closely monitored in Isolation separately while awaiting surgery.
Bringing kittens less than 3 pounds is strongly discouraged. Operation Catnip clinics are set up for optimal handling of larger patients. Occasionally, undersized kittens are admitted for the ultimate benefit of the kitten due to extenuating circumstances. Such circumstances include
- A kitten in a trap with a queen,
- Caregiver who is unable to re-trap and return with the kitten at a subsequent clinic,
- A kitten that is ill or injured and requires veterinary attention.
Once the Triage Coordinator clears cats for admission and check in is completed, the Admissions Transporter can transport cats to the Anesthesia Station or Isolation, as indicated.
Once the Triage Coordinator clears kittens for admission and check in is completed, the Kitten Ambassadors should be available to transport kittens to either KCU or Isolation, as indicated.