When your pet is seriously ill, PASE's team of critical care specialists and highly trained nursing staff are there when you need it. The critical care specialty is focused on the treatment of the sickest animals, to give them the best chance of getting home as soon as possible. Criticalists are skilled with multiple diagnostic tools including:
Complete blood counts
Blood acid-base analysis
Arterial and venous blood gas analysis
Point of care cytology
Infectious disease testing
Body fluid analysis
Utilizing these tools, critical care specialists are equipped to handle any kind of illness your cat or dog is experiencing. Criticalists are commonly referred to as the "Jack of all Trades" in a veterinary hospital. They are able to use their advanced training in every organ system and type of disease to deal with each individual patient, especially ones with multiple problems all at once.
Critical care specialists are skilled with many procedures and interventions that may be life-saving to your pet. This includes placement of specialized intravenous catheters, chest tubes and drains, removal of fluid from around the heart or lungs, wound repairs and minor surgical procedures, placement of bandages or splints, oxygen therapy, and use of a mechanical ventilator, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Critical care specialists also work to support the other specialist and emergency doctor teams. By participating in the management of all patients in the ICU, a Criticalist will add a watchful eye and a keen insight into the care of every pet. There are cases where a Criticalist may be the primary doctor for your pet, or may be involved behind the scenes. Either way, you can rest assured that the critical care team is always keeping "PASE" with your pets' condition.