Endoscopy for the Veterinary Technician, Veterinary endoscopy textbooks are geared for the veterinary endoscopist and have little information regarding proper cleaning, disinfection, and instrumentation.
Endoscopy for the Veterinary Technician
The endoscope is a medical instrument used for the visual examination of a body cavity or a hollow organ such as the lung, abdomen, ileum, colon, bladder, duodenum, nasal passages, or stomach. It is a rigid or ﬂexible hollow tube ﬁtted with a lens system and/or ﬁber-optic bundles to aid in the diagnosis and potential treatment of the patient. The function of the endoscope is to allow visualization of the mucosal surface to assess the degree of disease and allow tissue sampling for histopathology, culture, and cytology.
These topics (proper cleaning, disinfection, and instrumentation) are fully covered here in Chapters 1 and 2, with tables that can be easily referenced during the cleaning process. Chapter 3 discusses the anesthetic challenges that patients undergoing endoscopic procedures can demonstrate, and how to address them. The next seven chapters provide a framework for preparation of the patient and procedure, speciﬁc instrumentation that will be needed, a navigational guide through a typical procedure, biopsy sampling and post-procedure patient care. The last chapter reviews the endoscopy suite, including equipment placement and organization.
I encourage all endoscopy assistants to attend wet labs and workshops with their endoscopists. More experience with basic techniques and learning new skills will enhance the reader’s understanding of this text, and make the endoscopy assistant a more valued member of the endoscopy team!
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