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Docsinnovent introduces v-gel ®, the first ever veterinary species specific supraglottic airway devices for anesthesia and resuscitation.

v-gel ® uses a non-inflatable, super-soft and anatomically shaped cuff that creates a superb airway seal around the pharyngeal, laryngeal, perilaryngeal and the upper esophageal structures.

v-gel ® for Cats gives a high performance alternative to using endotracheal tubes. A high quality seal is obtained through the combination of a gel-like material with design contours that mirror the anatomical airway structures of the Cat species. This delivers for a competent user, a clear and safe airway in less than 4 seconds and avoiding patient trauma!

Over 150 General anesthetics were conducted to validate the product for commercial use by both private general practices and university hospitals in Europe. Therefore ensuring it is the safest airway solution for Cats.

The v-gel ® technology was first commercialised in human anesthesia and that device is called 'i-gel ' which is used in over 88 countries (see http://www.i-gel.com/ ). Docsinnovent, and the innovators of 'i-gel', now bring the same clinical benefits established in human anesthesia into the veterinary sector with 'v-gel ®' for Cats.

v-gel ® is supplied sterile and its materials are 100% autoclave sterilisation compatible. It even has its own sterilisation management cradle so to make it the best method to avoid cross contamination between patients therefore enabling you deliver to your customers the best assurance their pet will be returned without this fear

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  • Insertion time in less than 4 seconds!
  • Avoids Airway Trauma!
  • Superb Airway Seal + no environmental pollution of anaesthetic gases
  • Works with spontaneous and powered ventilators (IPPV)
  • Easy breathing due to a large airway channel that does not reduce or touch the trachea
  • Esophageal Seal to stop potential aspiration of gastric reflux.
  • Does not cause laryngeal spasm, coughing and gagging effects and delivers superbly smooth post-operative patient recoveries
  • Strong resistance to rotation
  • Integral gas sampling port for reduced dead space and high quality monitoring
  • Non-slip tie grips
  • Integral ‘bite-block’ to avoid occlusion of airway
  • 100% Autoclave sterilization compatible materials with sterilization process counting tool!
  • Range of sizes for all breed of feline.

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v-gel ® advanced veterinary airway management system
Sterilisation Process

The importance of sterilisation in minimising cross infection risks in Veterinary practice.

At a time when relationships are crucial to customer retention, it is essential that veterinary practices exercise the highest level of care for their clients' best friend and adopted family member - their pet. It is equally important that they communicate this commitment.

It has long been known that pets are considered to be a member of the family and may be valued as children within this unit. “The human-animal bond has definitely become stronger and more apparent,” says Dr Crist. “Society is experiencing more legal issues with pets, such as pets having guardians, becoming heirs to large family fortunes, or becoming disputed over in divorces. People want to make sure their pets are provided for in the event of their deaths.” 1

Owners expect the same care from vets as from their family doctor and hospitals. When there is a need for hospitalisation and surgical procedures, diligent vets and nurses will understand that this is one of the most stressful times for an owner. Some people experience shock, disbelief, confusion, fear, sadness, anger, guilt, or helplessness. These emotions are normal and understandable responses to the realisation that a special friend is ill. 2

As with a hospital visit, there is the fear of cross infection: the risk of contracting additional infections or diseases which exacerbate the primary health problem. Professor Dinah Gould observes that patients frequently voice fears about coming into hospital to have a minor operation and leaving with a serious infection.3

The increase in awareness that veterinary practices, like hospitals, may harbour transferable infections and diseases, is a concern for owners. These are regularly expressed on pet forums. 4, 5 One owner who suffered the devastating loss of her dog Bella to MRSA has become a leader in educating owners and vets, reinforcing the need for practices to improve hygiene and cleaning standards to minimise the possibility of cross infection. Further information on the control of resistant bacteria can be found on thebellamossfoundation.com

The health and hygiene requirements of the Veterinary Hospitals Association in regard to theatre cleanliness, form part of the core standards which they present as relevant to all veterinary practices. They reflect the mainly legal requirements which must be met in running a veterinary practice, together with guidance set out in the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct. For example, the induction area can also serve as the operating area, providing surgical cleanliness/sterility is not compromised and is appropriate for the procedure undertaken. 6 The practice must provide an autoclave, vacuum or non-vacuum or other recognised sterilisation systems, for the effective sterilisation of instruments and equipment 7. However, auditing of the standard of hospital procedures, though encouraged, is not mandatory for veterinary hospitals in certain countries for example the UK.

Consider for a moment the one procedure which, by the nature of the materials traditionally used in the required device, has not been able to withstand optimum sterilisation in an autoclave as with surgical instruments - the introduction of an endotracheal tube. Although many practices use disposable tubes, in reality how many times is each tube reused?

If this was the case in human surgery what would be the impact? There are numerous articles which reference cross-infection during the process of intubation, suggesting that oral endotracheal intubation and extubation are two routine procedures performed by anaesthesia providers which could lead to breaches of mucosal integrity and to slight or moderate bleeding. This may provide a vector for the transmission of blood-borne disease. 8 When cross infections are identified in hospitals, wards are closed. Sometimes the whole hospital may be closed until a thorough audit of events has been undertaken and the source of infection identified. A deep clean process is then undertaken and new or upgraded processes are put in place to ensure the same source of cross infection does not recur.

The new v-gel ® supraglottic airway device offers a solution. In addition to its ease of use and anatomically beneficial design, it makes the autoclave sterilisation of an airway device possible for the first time. This gives the practice and the owner the reassurance that everything possible has been done to limit the risk of cross infection.

Ref 1Pet Talk Dr. M. A. Crist, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Published on May 2, 2011 by Stanley Coren, Ph.D., F.R.S.C. in Canine Corner
Ref 2 Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Ref 3 First rate hygiene is vital to prevent infections in hospital- Author Dinah Gould , Professor, the City University of London
Ref 4 http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110621123949AAuB6kZ
Ref 5 http://en.allexperts.com/q/Alternative-Medicine-Pets-3721/2012/2/dog-mrsa.htm
Ref 6 5.6 Area used for the conduct of surgical procedures (BP)
Ref 7 5.12 The practice must have disinfection and/or sterilisation facilities suitable for the work undertaken (GtPC/ BP)
Ref 8 AANA J. 1992 Aug;60(4):379-83.A descriptive study of blood in the mouth following routine oral endotrachealintubation. Chrisco JA, DeVane G.

Free on-line training is provided on how to use v-gel in your advanced veterinary airway management system.

You are strongly advised to study all the provided learning materials to make your transition into using Docsinnovent’s airway management system a smooth and efficient one.

Then ensure you confirm your knowledge and understanding by taking the free v-gel supraglottic airway management certification test. A 75% or above pass mark will give you a certificate and record you on our approved certification holders register.

Further higher level training courses on airway management system are being prepared.

Please click here to access our v-gel ® online training.

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