Triage Mode Protocols
This document contains information about triage procedures in the ICU.
Rules to follow when we have 7+ critical ICU patients to prevent long shifts
- Dirty bedding is to be changed at the very end of shift
- This means after treatments/feeding, dishes, and cleaning is complete. The earlier you change the bedding, the more likely the dog is to make another mess before the end of the shift.
- Begin as many Hetastarch boluses as possible
- Hetastarch administration takes the longest in most cases.
- During Boluses – start drawing up meds, feeding and treating another patient during this time.
- Draw up multiple (3-5) patient’s ‘like’ meds at a time.
- Ex. Open 6 syringes. Draw up Cefazolin for 3 different patients, then Cerenia for 3 patients. Repetition produces efficiency.
- Dogs on orals meds – these patients each take under 5 minutes to treat. For a litter, under 10 minutes.
- This includes drawing up and administering meds, feeding, and changing bedding
- Avoid putting patients in your lap or entering cages if possible.
- This slows you down.
- Cuddle and playtime should be reserved for after the shift.
- Even though you might have unlimited time to spend in parvo, the other volunteers on shift with you might not.
MULTI-TASK, MULTITASK, MULTITASK!!!
And don’t forget to wash your hands between patients!