January 12, 2018

How Should Veterinarians Administer Drugs During CPR?

John D. Anastasio, DVM, DACVECC, medical director of emergency and critical care at VRC Specialty Hospital in Malvern, Pennsylvania, says, ideally, drugs such as vasopressors and vagolytics would be given intravenously during CPR.


John D. Anastasio, DVM, DACVECC, medical director of emergency and critical care at VRC Specialty Hospital in Malvern, Pennsylvania, says, ideally, drugs such as vasopressors and vagolytics would be given intravenously during CPR. 

But, he says, some promote giving drugs in the trachea. There's no consensus on how much of the drugs to give, where to deliver them, and how to flush them, through. Dr. Anastasio says some light needs to be shed on these gray areas.

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