Date : Thursday 17th January 2019
Approach to Sepsis
Sepsis is a common, yet complicated disease faced by every veterinarian. There are constantly new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, as well as an expanding understanding of the complex pathophysiology. New staging and treatment strategies in the human medical field, such as with the 'Surviving Sepsis Campaign' and 'Sepsis 3.0', can be used to guide veterinarians in treatment of their patients, but caution must be used in translating these into the veterinary field.
The most important step in the treatment of sepsis is recognition. Exam findings and clinicopathologic testing must be combined with the goal of rapid recognition of sepsis. Treatment is focused on management of systemic effects and source control. This talk will focus on the strategies for improving early recognition and treatment of sepsis in additional to antimicrobial therapy options and combinations. Explanations of the new definitions of sepsis in human medicine will also be discussed with emphasis on how these can be implemented in veterinary medicine.
Dr Erik Zager
Dr Zager is an American board certified specialist in emergency and critical care. He was born in New York. After completing his undergraduate degree in animal behavior at Bucknell University, he went on to Cornell University for his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He received his DVM in 2013 and went on to a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the New York City Animal Medical Center. He followed his rotating internship with a specialty internship in emergency and critical care at Tufts University Hospital for Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. He completed his emergency and critical care residency at Cornell University Hospital for Animals in New York in 2018.
Dr Zager has presented at the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium and has authored and coauthored articles in veterinary journals. During his veterinary education, Dr Zager participated in multiple community focused veterinary endeavors, including trips to rural areas of the American Midwest to provide wellness and preventative medicine to disadvantaged communities. He is excited to join the VSH team to continue its mission of providing the most advanced and cutting edge care to the pets of Hong Kong.
Dr Zager's professional interests include the treatment of sepsis, endocrine emergencies, intoxications, and the use of focused ultrasound in the critically ill. Outside of work he enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with his 2 cats, Brando and Otto.
Hope to see you there.
Dr Ruan Bester, Howie Wong
HKVA CPD Coordinators
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